Tom Brake MP honours the ‘Untold Stories’ of the Holocaust by signing the Book of Commitment

January 21, 2011 12:15 PM

Holocaust signing memorial day book

Tom Brake pledged his commitment to the Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.

With 27th January marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust - and to support the sharing and safeguarding of 'Untold Stories', learning from survivors' experiences to help create a future free from hatred and prejudice.

In doing so, Tom paid tribute to those remarkable individuals who survived the appalling events of the Holocaust and have since dedicated their lives to educating younger generations about the dangers of allowing persecution and intolerance to take hold in society.

On and around Holocaust Memorial Day, schools, local communities and faith groups from across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides as in Rwanda and Darfur. The aim of the day is to motivate people - individually and collectively, to ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated.

Tom said: "It is important on the tenth year of its commemoration in the UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As antisemitism, racism and prejudice are still present in our society, learning from the extraordinary 'Untold Stories' of those who survived the Holocaust allows us to the opportunity to reflect on the evil, perpetrated during the Holocaust, and other genocides and pledge to create a safe and brighter future."

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

"We are delighted that Tom Brake is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As the number of survivors dwindles, remembering the Holocaust and passing on their testimony is more crucial than ever. Reflecting on 'Untold Stories' helps give back voices to those who were persecuted and reinforces the contemporary lessons that can be learnt from this dark period in our history."

Tom also signed Early Day Motion 1269:

'That this House notes that on Thursday 27 January 2011, the UK will mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in human history; further notes that the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 will be Untold Stories, which provides an opportunity to reflect upon extraordinary experiences of loss and survival during the Holocaust and the immense courage of Holocaust survivors; pays tribute to the survivors who work tirelessly with the Holocaust Educational Trust in order to share their testimony in schools around the country; values the Holocaust Educational Trust 's Lessons from Auschwitz project, which takes thousands of post-16 students and teachers from across the UK to Auschwitz-Birkenau each year; congratulates the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for organising this year's national Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations; further notes that a Book of Commitment will be placed in the corridor between the Members' Cloakroom and Members' staircase between the hours of 14.30 and 16.30 from Monday 17 January until Thursday 27 January 2011; and strongly encourages all right hon. and hon. Members to sign the book and to participate in this important day to ensure that the Holocaust and its lessons are understood by future generations.'

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