Theresa shows support for holocaust memorial day
27 January 2009, 11:01
Theresa May has shown her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.
As in previous years, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the opportunity to pledge that they will uphold the memory of the Holocaust and oppose hatred today.
January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration and extermination camp. On and around Holocaust Memorial Day, schools, local communities and faith groups from across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust and in more recent genocides.
Commenting, Theresa said, “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the horrors of the Holocaust and other genocides. It is essential that we continue to educate young people about the Holocaust so that it will never be forgotten, and I support the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust in doing this. We should all renew our commitment to fight against hatred, prejudice and genocide.”
Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said, “We are delighted that Theresa May is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. Holocaust Memorial Day and Holocaust education is more important now than ever. This year’s topic, ‘Stand Up to Hatred’ highlights the importance of joining forces against hatred, prejudice and intolerance. Sadly antisemitism, Islamaphobia, Holocaust denial, racism, prejudice and even genocide still continue to pollute our world today.”