Speaking out against prejudice

Holocaust Book of CommitmentThis week I signed the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, in doing so pledging my commitment to honouring those who died during the Holocaust and commemorating their lives on Holocaust Memorial Day

On Friday 27th January, it will be the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp that is the site of the largest mass murder in history. Every year, in the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust about places a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those persecuted and killed during the Holocaust. It is a reminder that we have a duty to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.

In signing the Book of Commitment, I paid tribute to the extraordinary men and women who having survived the Holocaust, work to educate young people about what they endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme.

This time, every year, schools, faith groups and community organisations arrange thousands of commemorative events across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This year, people will also be encouraged to take a stand against racism and prejudice today – and to speak out against hatred wherever they encounter it.

I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against prejudice today.
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said “We are proud that Brandon Lewis MP 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 bigotry.”

24th January 2012