Chester MP Stephen Mosley marked Holcaust Memorial Day today (Monday January 27) by signing a Book of Commitment at the House of Commons.
The book honours those who died during the Holocaust as well as the survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.
Today is the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. The theme for the UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is Journeys, encouraging people to learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide and also about the life stories of journeys that brought survivors to the UK.
Mr Mosley has previously supported the Holocaust Education Trust by accompanying students from Christleton, Bishops’ Blue Coat, Catholic High, Upton High and The Queen’s schools in Chester on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, scene of many of the Holocaust’s worst atrocities.
The visit was part of a project to educate young people in the horrors of the Holocaust. The project is now in its 15th year and has taken more than 22,000 students and teachers from across the UK to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
After he signed the book, Mr Mosley said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
“The Holocaust was the greatest mass evil our world has known, a genocide of unprecedented horror.
“This day, and the activities that mark it throughout the country and right here in Chester, are a permanent reminder of the extreme challenges faced by previous generations.
“Most important of all, they are a reminder of the best memorial we can give to the victims of the Holocaust: to pledge anew that no matter where it’s happening in the world, we will nevertolerate genocide.”
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“We are proud that Stephen Mosley is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. It is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.”