South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those murdered during the Holocaust - as well as paying tribute to extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events are arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Torn from Home’.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Mr Dunne said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from South Shropshire and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust – made all the more important by the appalling resurgence of open anti-Semitism in some parts of society today.
My visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau some years ago with two students from the constituency, thanks to the Holocaust Educational Trust, made a deep and lasting impression on us.
As the Holocaust moves from living history to history, it becomes ever more important that we take time to remember the victims and pay tribute to the few survivors. I encourage constituents to support such an important day.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Philip Dunne MP for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”
Photo: Philip Dunne MP signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment