Walker signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week, Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, and 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, 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?’

After signing the Book of Commitment, Robin commented:

“I have supported this initiative in each year of my time as MP for Worcester. 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 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.”

“I am glad that many local schools will be taking part in Holocaust memorial events. Having personally visited Dachau and Theresienstadt concentration camps I am very aware of the importance of commemoration, so we do not allow the most terrible events of the past to be repeated. This afternoon in Worcester, I will be attending County Hall for the Holocaust Memorial Day act of commemoration and lighting a candle of remembrance.”

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 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 for Editors:

To read Robin’s previous releases on Holocaust Memorial Day: http://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-signs-holocaust-educational-trust-book-of-commitment-in-parliament/

For further information, please Samantha Abrahams, the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Head of Public Affairs via Samantha.abrahams@het.org.uk

About Holocaust Memorial Day

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.

The theme for the UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 is ‘How can life go on?’

About the Holocaust Educational Trust

The Holocaust Educational Trust was established in 1988. Our aim is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today. The Trust works in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, providing teacher training, an outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource material. One of our earliest achievements was ensuring that the Holocaust formed part of the National Curriculum for History. We continue to play a leading role in training teachers on how best to teach the Holocaust.