Commitment to Holocaust rembembrance

Mike Weir adds his name to the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.
Mike Weir adds his name to the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.

Angus MP Mike Weir has pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.

The book was set up in the House of Commons so that members could honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust and pay tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp 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 have been 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 commemoration is ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’.

Mr Weir said: “This year I had the honour of chairing the annual Holocaust Memorial Day debate in Parliament. It was a very moving event with many members recounting the experiences of survivors who now reside in their constituencies, and recounting their own visits to Auschwitz.

“Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure 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, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said the organisation is proud to receive the MPs’ support.

She continued: “As we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps in 2015, 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.”

Holocaust Memorial Day was established after MP Andrew Dinsmore visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Moved by the experience, he proposed a bill “to introduce a day to learn and remember the Holocaust” on 30 June 1999. The trust has been closely involved in the development of Holocaust Memorial Day since its inception in 2000.