Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, reflects on the tragic events of the Holocaust on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau this Holocaust Memorial Day.
Steve has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring the 6 million men, women and children who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate younger generations about what they endured.
For this year’s commemorations, The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is asking us to ‘Stand Together.’ 75 years on from the liberation of the prisoners of the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, there is still too much hate and intolerance within society. Genocidal Regimes throughout history have benefitted from marginalising certain groups and in a time of increasing divisions in the UK and beyond, it is important for individuals to stand up and speak out against oppression.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Steve McCabe MP said:
“This Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the prisoners of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, 1.1 million people were murdered in that camp alone. I will never forget visiting the camp with young people from my constituency, it reminds me every day why it is so important that we all stand up against all forms of hate and racism.
I also want to pay tribute to the Holocaust Education Trust for all the work they do educating our young people and making sure the stories of the survivors and the millions of Jewish men, women and children murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust are never forgotten. ”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“As the Holocaust moves further into history, it falls on all of us to ensure that their stories and the stories of the 6 Jewish million men, women and children brutally murdered by the Nazis, are never forgotten. We all have a duty to remember victims of the Holocaust and to “Stand Together” against antisemitism and hate, now more than ever.”