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Remembering the Holocaust honouring those who died

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day when we honour those who died during the Holocaust and pay tribute to the extraordinary men and women who survived. As she does every year, Meg Munn MP signed the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to pledge her commitment to remembering the Holocaust and its victims.


Friday 27th January marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons. Signing this gives Members of Parliament the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust.


The Holocaust Educational Trust work to encourages people to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today. The Trust educates young people through their ongoing Outreach programme about what happens when bigotry is allowed to flourish.


Meg said:


“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to remember the victims of genocide. I encourage people to join with me in marking the day and committing to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against prejudice.”


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


“We are proud that Meg 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 bigotry.”


Thousands of commemorative events have been arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country in the weeks around Holocaust Memorial Day to remember all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This year, everyone is being encouraged to take a stand against racism and prejudice and to speak out against hatred wherever they encounter it.


For information about the Holocaust Educational Trust visit:

http://www.het.org.uk/ or phone 020 7222 6822.

You can also follow the Trust on Twitter: @HolocaustUK and

Facebook: Holocaust Educational Trust (UK) 

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