LOCAL MP Mike Weir pledged his support recently for Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.
The book has been placed there by the Holocaust Educational Trust, allowing MPs to honour and remember those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust and in turn encouraging their constituents to speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.
Friday marked the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, site of the largest mass murder in history.
Mr Weir paid tribute to the men and women who, having survived the Holocaust, now work to educate young people about what they endured, through the trust’s outreach programme.
He said: “It is an important opportunity to remember the victims of genocide, and also to encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against prejudice today.”
Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock emphasised the importance of remembering the horrors of the Holocaust.
She said: “We are proud that Mike is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day again this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust, as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of bigotry.”