South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes yesterday signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.
In doing so he pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.
January 27 marked the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events have been and will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Mr Hayes said: “I have signed the Book of Commitment and always will. Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten.
“I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.
“The rise in the number of attacks against Jewish people across Europe should remind us that anti-Semitism is not just a historical phenomenon but a worrying aspect of modern life. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere are a stark warning to us all that western values are threatened and that we must all come together to defend our way of life.”
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that John Hayes MP is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.