Last week, Robin Walker MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his support for Holocaust Memorial Day and remembering all of the victims of the Holocaust as well as the survivors, many of whom have dedicated a huge amount of time to tell their stories and educate young people across Europe.
Robin has signed the book of commitment each year during his time as Worcester’s MP and has encouraged local schools to get involved in commemorating the Holocaust. Robin also recently met with the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss a wide range of issues of concern to members of the Jewish community.
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked annually on 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
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 ‘Torn from Home’.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Robin Walker MP commented:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Worcester and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.”
“I have supported this initiative in each year of my time as MP for Worcester and I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of our community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance. I am particularly pleased that local schools often use the opportunity of Holocaust Memorial Day to teach students about the extraordinary stories of human brutality, resistance and survival that still exist today. The generation that experienced these horrors will not be with us for much longer, and it is vital that we do all we can to record their testimony and learn from them while we still have the opportunity to do so.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Robin Walker for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”
Notes to editors:
For Robin’s previous releases for Holocaust Memorial Day: