Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honoured those who died during the Holocaust when he signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons this week.
Friday, January 27 will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history – and in the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during their Holocaust and encouraging constituents to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.
In signing the Book of Commitment Bill Esterson MP paid tribute to the extraordinary men and women who having survived the Holocaust, work to educate young people about what they endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme.
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.
Bill said: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to both remember the victims of genocide. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against prejudice today.
“The annual commemoration at Southport will be held on Sunday (January 22). I would like to congratulate the organisers for the work they do in reminding the community across Sefton about the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day and encourage Sefton people to show their support. It is vital that we all remember man’s inhumanity to man and that we remind young people of the terrible history of the holocaust. We owe it to all those who suffered and died in the Holocaust to remember and to make sure that the terrible events of the Holocaust are never repeated. Sadly, there have been other genocides in Rwanda, in Cambodia, in the Balkans and elsewhere. We must try to use history to prevent further terrible atrocities in future.”