The MP for Bristol East, Kerry McCarthy, has pledged her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honoured those who died during the Holocaust, by signing the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment. Signing the book, Kerry paid tribute to those who perished during the Holocaust and praised the work of Holocaust survivors who, through education, are encouraging young people to work together to combat prejudice and racism today.
Sunday January 27th will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks leading up to and after 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. This year, people will also be encouraged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred.
After signing the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment, Kerry McCarthy said: “Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us of our responsibility to learn from the lessons of the past and stand against prejudice, intolerance and racism wherever it occurs. In culturally diverse cities like Bristol this message couldn’t be more important and I would encourage everyone to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and remember the victims and the Holocaust and genocides that have happen since.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Kerry McCarthy is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry.”