‘Build a Bridge’ for Holocaust Memorial Day – Jo

Local MP Jo Swinson is asking local residents to show their support for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) by taking part in an online action and pledging to Build a Bridge in their community. 

The theme for HMD 2013, 'Communities Together: Build a Bridge', asks us to remember those who were forced to live through experiences where their neighbours were encouraged to isolate, reject and even attack them.

By pledging to build a bridge online people can honour communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Building a bridge also means respecting the diverse communities in the United Kingdom today.

Commenting Jo said:

"Holocaust Memorial Day allows us to not only reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and remember all the victims killed and persecuted by the Nazis but also to challenge all types of prejudice and discrimination which continue in our society today.

"Seeing the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2009 was a profoundly haunting and moving experience for me. It's as important as ever to remember what happened there and why."

"Go online to pledge your support for building bridges in our community at http://buildabridge.hmd.org.uk/"

  • Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27 January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research. At the end of this meeting, all attendees signed a declaration committing to preserving the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides. This declaration became the statement of commitment which is still used as a basis for HMD activities today.

HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event taking place on or around 27 January each year.

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