This week Ruth Cadbury MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment and attended a ceremony in Parliament, to pledge her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to remember those who were murdered during the Holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27th January every year, the anniversary of the liberation of the infamous former Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945. Across the UK – and world – people will come together to remember the horrors of the past.
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events have taken place in schools, places of worship and in communities across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations has been ‘Ordinary People’. On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember and pay tribute to all of those persecuted by the Nazis, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay men, political opponents to the Nazis and others. We also remember all of those affected by genocide since, in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
After signing the Book of Commitment Ruth Cadbury MP said,
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people to reflect and remember the darkest times of European history when six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered, along with Roma, gay men, disabled people and political activists who were killed by the Nazis.
In signing the book I pledged my support to both remember the horrors of the holocaust and also to honour those who continue to work to educate and raise awareness about the appalling events. The bravery of holocaust survivors in talking about the awful crimes they witnessed is remarkable and I know that schools and community groups locally have benefited immensely from hearing first-hand from survivors.
We must never forget the awful events of the Holocaust and equally we must continue to stand up against antisemitism, racism and oppression across the world.’’
Karen Pollock CBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
"On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember the 6 million men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators, simply for being Jewish, and we pay tribute to the incredible survivors, many of whom still share their testimony day in and day out to ensure that future generations never forget the horrors of the past.
We also remember that antisemitism did not start or end with the Holocaust, we must all be vigilant, and speak out whenever it is found.”