Tom Brake MP meets survivor of the Holocaust at launch of theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

On 8th September, Tom Brake MP listened to Ivor Perl, a Holocaust survivor; at the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 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.

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 2016 is Don’t stand by.

Tom met with Ivor Perl, who at aged only 11 was taken to Auschwitz. Ivor survived with help from his older brother, the only members of their family to survive the Holocaust.

Tom said:

‘Ivor’s story is 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 2016.’

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 3,600 activities which took place for HMD 2015.’

 

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