Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January 2016

This week I signed the Holocaust Eductional Trust's Book of Commitment.  In doing so I pledged my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honoured those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Wednesday 27th January 2016 marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.  In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commeorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

It is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and ensure that they are not forgotten.  I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: ''We are proud that Simon Hoare is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.  As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust - as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.''