Alun Cairns MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in Parliament. In doing so he pledges his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
This year we are marking 75 years since the liberation of the concentration camps of Europe and the end of the Second World War. At the end of the month, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, people across the globe will remember.
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Stand Together’.
Mr Cairns also joined the Prime Minister in signing up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The APPG Against Antisemitism has been keen to get MPs from across the House to recognise the definition and demonstrate their support to the Jewish community.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Alun Cairns MP commented:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from the Vale to reflect on the darkest times of European history. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the six million Jewish victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. It's difficult to comprehend that antisemitism is such a prominent issue in public debate today, which demonstrates the importance of educating future generations about the horrendous atrocities that took place.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“As the Holocaust moves further into history, it falls on all of us to ensure that their stories and the stories of the 6 Jewish million men, women and children brutally murdered by the Nazis, are never forgotten. We all have a duty to remember the Holocaust and to stand up against antisemitism and hate, now more than ever.”