This week, Toby Perkins MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his 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.
Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27th January every year, the anniversary of the liberation of the infamous former Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945. Across the UK – and world – people will come together to remember the horrors of the past.
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 ‘Ordinary People’.
On Holocaust Memorial Day we also remember and pay tribute to all of those persecuted by the Nazis, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay men, political opponents to the Nazis and others. We also remember all of those affected by genocide since, in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Toby said, “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Chesterfield to reflect on the darkest times of European history. Today, I pledge to remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered in Holocaust.
A few years ago, Helen Aronson, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager, visited Parliament to speak to MPs about the her experiences and the need to do everything in our power to ensure that these things never happen again, anywhere in the world. As the Holocaust fades from living memory, it is vital that we continue to remember Helen’s story, and the stories of the 6 Jewish million men, women and children, who were murdered. This way we can strengthen our resolve in ensuring that such evil is never seen again”.