Holocaust must never be forgotten

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NEVER again - that was the message from East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson as the country gets set for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The MP signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died through Nazi terror.

Friday marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In signing the Book of Commitment, Jo Swinson 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. The MP visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in September, 2009, with pupils from Boclair and Douglas academies to see the remnants of the concentration camp first hand, an experience she described as “haunting”.

She said: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to 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.”

Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “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.”