Ilkley’s MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Memorial Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, to honour those who died during the Holocaust and salute those survivors who worked tirelessly to inform young people about what happened.
Monday will mark the 69th anniversary of 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 will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Ilkley and Keighley MP, Kris Hopkins, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and gives all of us all an opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and, indeed, other horrific acts of genocides which have taken place since.
“It is a privilege to be asked to sign the Book of Commitment and to maintain the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Kris is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.
“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 anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.”
Meanwhile, Wharfedale MP, Greg Mulholland, has also signed a Book of Commitment in memory of of the millions of people who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust.
Mr Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West) joined other politicians in adding his name to the Holocaust Educational Trust's book ahead of Monday's Holocaust Memorial Day.
This year's event marked the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated 1.1 million people died.
Mr Mulholland also signed an Early Day Motion, paying tribute to the commitment of holocaust survivors in educating young people about what happened, in recognition of the day.
He said: "Holocaust Memorial Day is an important day that allows us to remember all those who were victims of the Holocaust.
"The Holocaust Memorial Educational Trust plays an important role in raising awareness and understanding in schools and the wider public that Holocaust survivors are extraordinary people.
"The Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project has so far given more than 22,000 students and teachers the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, which I myself visited in 1988, and continues to educate the younger generations on the events and impact of the Holocaust."
MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock MBE, said: "We are proud Greg is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.
"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 anti-semitism and all forms of bigotry."