Owen Thompson MP signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, January 2017

Owen Thompson MP has pledged his commitment to today’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations and to honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust by recently signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment at the Houses of Parliament.  He also paid tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Holocaust Memorial Day – observed Friday 27th January – marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.  In the lead up to and on 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.  The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘How can life go on?’

Holocaust Memorial Day was established following an MP’s visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Moved by his visit, Andrew Dismore MP proposed a bill, “to introduce a day to learn and remember the Holocaust” on 30 June 1999.  The Holocaust Educational Trust has been closely involved in the establishment and development of Holocaust Memorial Day since its inception in 2000. Holocaust Memorial Day is now coordinated by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Owen Thompson MP commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Midlothian and across the world to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust.  As the Holocaust moves from living history to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.  I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

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

“Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.  We are very grateful to Owen Thompson MP for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling his continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”