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Jan 28 2016

Bob Blackman MP Marks Holocaust Memorial Day with Support for the Holocaust Educational Trust

bob_blackmanBob Blackman MP Marks Holocaust Memorial Day with Support for the Holocaust Educational Trust

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, has taken the opportunity to mark Holocaust Memorial Day by asking the Prime Minister to endorse the important work of the Holocaust Educational Trust in ensuring younger generations are able to visit sites of historical importance and learn about the holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day, 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, and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten.

The Prime Minister announced today that a memorial will be built in Victoria Tower Gardens to mark the date.

Bob took the opportunity to raise the subject in Prime Minister’s questions: “My Right Honourable friend has rightly alluded to the wonderful work of the Holocaust Educational Trust in allowing literally thousands of young people to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and see it for themselves first hand. Will he commit the Government to continue funding the HET so that many thousands more can see the horrors of the holocaust?”

David Cameron responded: “I can certainly make that commitment. We’ve funded it with over £10 million since I became Prime Minister… It does excellent work.” He continued, “I also think there’s a real need now, as tragically the remaining holocaust survivors are coming to the end of their lives and many of them are now speaking up in the most moving and powerful way – I will be spending some time day with some of them – recording their testimonies which must be part of our memorial is absolutely vital, because their description of what they went through, the friends and family that they lost is so powerful and so moving we must capture it for generations to come.”

Bob also signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment this week to pledge his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as a means to pay tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people and challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.

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2 comments

  1. sonoo malkani

    These are world changing events and must NEVER be forgotten.It’s important that our future generations learn the lessons which will prevent them from committing atrocities and allowing others to perpetrate horrendous, inhumane acts which have left an indelible mark on the lives of millions all over the world.Genocide anywhere,anytime is deplorable.The Holocaust must never be allowed to become a “forgotten story.”

  2. Someonewhocares

    I no longer believe that a physical ‘memorial’ in itself is actually the best way to remember such atrocities in these internet-savvy days. A special web site aligned with the Imperial (War) Museum would be more apposite if we really do want to remind ‘everyone everywhere’ surely? Of course it may be academic as we also all know that “all we learn from history is that we do not learn from history” so there is no real point in remembering such insanity if we still did not learn (as is the case) and so global agression and genocide activities continue anyway….

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