Holocaust Memorial Day

January 26, 2020

I have signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today. 

 

This year marks 75 years since the liberation of the concentration camps of Europe and the end of the Second World War. The theme for this year's commemorations is 'Stand Together'. 

 

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Mansfield and Warsop to reflect on the darkest times of European history. 

 

It was an honour to be in the Chamber earlier this week during the debate on Holocaust Memorial Day, as part of my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

 

I was truly moved when hearing about the experiences and family history of other Members, and I was brought to tears more than once. One consistent theme of the debate was education and it's vital that we never forget about this atrocity, and that the stories live on even after the survivors are gone. 

 

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum is right on our doorstep in Laxton, and I'd recommend it to everyone!

 

As the Holocaust moves from living history, to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the six million Jewish victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. 

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