Today, Friday 27 January, is Holocaust Memorial Day. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
A few days ago I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, as a way to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as to pay tribute to the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. And I’m glad that many commemorative events have been arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘How can life go on?’
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.
About the Holocaust Educational Trust
The Holocaust Educational Trust was established in 1988. Its aim is to educate young people 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 its earliest achievements was ensuring that the Holocaust formed part of the National Curriculum for History.