Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Saturday 27 January, Bridget Phillipson MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment to honour those murdered during the Holocaust, and to pay tribute to the essential work carried out by survivors to ensure these tragic events are never forgotten.
HMD marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the lead up to and on HMD, 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. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words,’ which aims to highlight the positive and negative impact language can have, both in inciting hatred, but also in recording and commemorating the experiences of those who have survived genocide.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Bridget Phillipson MP commented:
“It was an honour to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, and to remember those that suffered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for people to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust, as well as the ongoing need to challenge antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.
As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes more important than ever that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.
I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day by taking part in one of the many commemorative events taking place across the country.”