Monmouth MP David Davies has pledged his support to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.
With Sunday 27 January marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mr Davies honoured the millions of victims who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust.
He also paid tribute to the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people, ensuring the appalling events of the Holocaust and other genocides are neither forgotten nor repeated.
“There has been a worrying rise in anti-Semitic attacks in Britain and across western Europe in recent years,” said Mr Davies.
“As the Holocaust moves from living history to ‘just’ history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and pay tribute to the survivors.”
In the lead up to and on 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.
The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Torn from Home’.
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words.
“Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.
“We are very grateful to David Davies for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”