Created: 27 January 2017
Today is Holocaust Memorial day, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a time to remember and reflect on the millions of people who lost their lives as a result of, or who were affected by, the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution; as well as subsequent genocides around the world – including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Andrew has worked closely with groups such as the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET); pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.
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.
Andrew says, “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 to make sure they are never forgotten. I encourage everyone to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.
“I recently had the privilege of responding for the Government in the House of Commons debate to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. This debate was an important opportunity to highlight the fantastic work being done to record the experiences and individual journeys of those affected by the Holocaust and how we must never forget these dark periods in history!
“I spoke of the bravery of survivors who share their stories and also the ongoing problem of anti-Semitism. In particular, I condemned the Israelification of anti-Semitism, which sees anti-Semites hide their hate by hiding behind attacks on Israel and Zionism.
"I am always in awe of the bravery of survivors who share their stories and I was particularly moved by Zigi Shipper. Zigi has travelled the country, sharing his stories with schools and others. It's estimated that Zigi has spoken to at least 14,000 young people! His testimony has now also been filmed, so that it can reach even more."
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, adds, “We are proud that Andrew is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 72nd 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.”
You can learn more about the Holocaust Educational Trust and their resources available here: http://www.het.org.uk/
Photo - Andrew with Holocaust survivor, Zigi Shipper and Sir Eric Pickles, Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues