James Brokenshire spoke during the Holocaust Memorial Day Debate underlining the need to continue to challenge all forms of hatred, bigotry, division and anti-Semitism and to reassure British Jews that they are and always will be a special part of Britain.
James also underlined the importance of having a Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre to create an enduring monument to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and a learning centre that will educate generations to come. During his time as Communities Secretary, James secured funding for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. This year marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp, in 1945.
Commenting on Holocaust Memorial Day, James said:
“The Jewish community is an intrinsic part of what makes Britain Great and the government will continue to challenge bigotry and intolerance and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that future generations never forget where hatred can lead, and that we will not walk by on the other side where it is present.”
“I believe there can be no more powerful symbol of our commitment to remembering the men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides than by placing the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, in the shadow of our Parliament at the heart of our democracy.”