We must never forget the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust and the suffering of those who survived. That’s why Holocaust Memorial Day is such an important opportunity to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust.
It was an honour to once again sign the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. This, and the other initiatives of those working tirelessly to educate us and future generations about the Holocaust, are so important if we are to learn the lessons from history.
Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated every year on 27th January to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events are arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country to remember all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’. In my entry in the Book of Commitment, I pledged to always use the power of words to call out and challenge all forms of racism and anti-Semitism.