David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons yesterday (14 January). In doing so, he pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.
This year, Holocaust Memorial Day is on Sunday 27 January. This year marks the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust and encouraging constituents to work together to combat prejudice and racism today.
In signing the Book of Commitment, Mr Evennett paid tribute to those who perished during the Holocaust and honoured the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme. His inscription in the book said “Never forget.”
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. This year, people will also be encouraged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred.
Mr Evennett said “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. It is vitally important that we never forget the pain and suffering these caused in the past, challenge prejudice and discrimination, and act to combat the atrocities that still take place in some countries today.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said “We are proud that Mr Evennett is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry.”