Residents across Carshalton and Wallington are being asked to join a campaign ahead of the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Holocaust Memorial Day is a day where the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur are remembered.
Events will be taking place across the UK to mark the occasion and this year’s theme is “Don’t Stand By”.
Tom Brake stated:
“Just over seventy years ago, many Jewish families were forced to flee their homes and leave everything in their lives behind. With the benefit of hindsight, we now understand their decision was truly a matter of life and death.
“Holocaust Memorial Day is therefore an important focal point in the year. It is vital that residents of Carshalton and Wallington remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived.
“With the current refugee crisis, Europe is facing another mass migration of peoples and the decisions we took in the 20th century about which and how many refugees we took at that time, literally determined who lived and who died.
“With this legacy in mind, Sutton Liberal Democrats are pressing the government to do more, and in particular offer a safe home to just a small number of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have reached Europe.
“The year’s theme of ‘Don’t Stand By’ highlights the choice we have in not tolerating unacceptable behaviour, and therefore provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides, and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.”
Tom will be attending the official Holocaust Memorial service at Sutton Grammar School and signing the Book of Commitment in Westminster.