Remembering the Holocaust

James Brokenshire MP has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

Sunday January 27th marked the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust and encouraging constituents to work together to combat prejudice and racism today.

In signing the Book of Commitment, James Brokenshire has paid tribute to those who perished during the Holocaust and honoured the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they previously endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme. James has visited Auschwitz as part of one of the Trust’s awareness events for schools.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This year, people will also be encouraged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred.

Commenting on the Signing James Brokenshire said:

 “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. We must never forget the events of the past as they help underline the need for vigilance in preventing prejudice and intolerance today.”