On Monday I 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 66th 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.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 will be Untold Stories, which provides an opportunity to reflect upon extraordinary experiences of loss and survival during the Holocaust and the immense courage of Holocaust survivors.
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.
This year is the tenth year that Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated in the UK.