Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Cambridge MP Remembers Victims And Survivors Of The Holocaust

Julian signs the Book of Commitment to remember
victims and survivors of the Holocaust
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert remembered victims and survivors of the Holocaust when he signed a Book of Commitment yesterday (Monday, January 13).

Julian has also signed a Commons’ Early Day Motion marking the 69th anniversary of the Liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and urging all members to sign the book so that future generations will understand the appalling atrocities that led to the largest mass murder in history.

The Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment marks Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday, January 27 and commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country to remember victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocide.

Julian said: “We must never be allowed to forget the six million victims of the Holocaust or those survivors who work tirelessly to educate the next generation. This Book of Commitment and the events taking place around the country helps to make sure that doesn’t happen.  

“I would encourage everyone to mark this day in some small way so that we can continue to fight prejudice and intolerance.”

The full wording of the EDM reads as follows:
That this House notes that 27 January 2014 is Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, marking the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated 1.1 million people were murdered; commemorates the six million victims of the Holocaust; further notes that the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is Journeys; pays tribute to the commitment of Holocaust survivors who share their experiences with young people across the country; acknowledges the importance of the Holocaust Educational Trust's work in schools across the UK and in particular the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which has so far given over 22,000 students and teachers the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau; also pays tribute to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for organising this year's Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations; further notes that a Book of Commitment will be placed in the corridor between the Members' Cloakroom and Members' Staircase; and urges all hon. and right hon. Members to sign the Book and observe the day, so that the appalling events of the Holocaust are always understood by future generations.