Jo Swinson marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Jo Swinson signing the Holocaust Memorial Trust's Book of Committment

January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Jo Swinson has marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2008 by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in Parliament.

The Book of Commitment, which has been placed in the House of Commons for Members of Parliament to sign, commemorates those killed in the Holocaust, as well as the individuals that risked their lives to help those being persecuted.

Jo said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day provides a focus for each of us to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. We must not only reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and remember all the victims killed and persecuted by the Nazis but also challenge all types of prejudice and discrimination which continue in our society today.”

On and around Holocaust Memorial Day, schools, local communities and faith groups from across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust and in more recent genocides.

January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration and extermination camp. It is the eighth year that the anniversary has been officially commemorated in the UK. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the day passing the Holocaust Memorial Day resolution.

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said:

“We are delighted that Jo Swinson is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. At a time when we still see groups and individuals questioning the validity of the Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial Day and Holocaust education is more important than ever.

“It is through the participation and support of schools, local groups and elected members that give this day the impact it has around the country and we applaud their commitment to ensuring the lessons of the past learnt, acted upon and disseminated.”

The theme for UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2008 is “Imagine… Remember, Reflect, React.” This challenges us all to imagine the unimaginable. It asks us to focus on the lives and experience of victims and survivors of the Holocaust; of Nazi persecution and of other genocides.

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