Tom Brake MP joined other MPs to meet Holocaust survivors and their families and victims of other genocides around the world, including a Carshalton resident, Safet Vakulic, whose father was a survivor of the genocide and concentration camps in Bosnia and Lily Ebert who survived the Nazi Holocaust. They were attending the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK. Each year HMDT selects a theme around which HMD activities can focus. The theme for 2017 is How can life go on?
‘Lily’s and Safet’s stories are a reminder of the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day – a day where we remember the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I want to encourage people in Carshalton and Wallington to mark HMD on 27 January 2017.’
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:
‘We were delighted that Tom showed his support for Holocaust Memorial Day. We hope that many more people in Carshalton and Wallington will use the free resources available through our website to organise activities for next year’s HMD – adding to the record 5,590 activities which took place for HMD 2016.’
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. HMD asks people to apply these lessons to the present day to create a safer, better future.