Karen honours those who perished in the Holocaust

Posted: 25/01/12

I have again pledged my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.

With 27th January marking the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational Trust places a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons every year to give MPs the opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust - and to support a ‘Legacy of Hope', learning from Survivors' experiences to help create a future free from hatred and prejudice.

In the weeks around Holocaust Memorial Day, 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. This year, people will also be encouraged to take a stand against racism and prejudice today - and to speak out against hatred wherever they encounter it.

I wanted to pay tribute to those remarkable individuals who survived the appalling events of the Holocaust and who have since dedicated their lives to educating younger generations about the dangers of allowing persecution and intolerance to take hold in society. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out' against prejudice today.

This year is the eleventh year that Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated in the UK.