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.
2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of the concentration camps of Europe and end of the Second World War. With Monday 27 January commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of 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 today, ensuring the appalling events of the Holocaust and other genocides are neither forgotten nor repeated.
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people across the globe to reflect on the darkest times of European history,” said Mr Davies.
“The last survivors of the concentration camps are now very elderly and will not be with us for much longer. It is therefore ever more important that we listen to their stories and learn the lessons.
“We should never be complacent about anti-Semitism.”
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 ‘Stand Together’.
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “As the Holocaust moves further into history, it falls on all of us to ensure that the stories of the six million Jewish men, women and children brutally murdered by the Nazis are never forgotten.
“We all have a duty to remember the Holocaust and to stand up against anti-Semitism and hate, now more than ever.”