Oldham MP pledges to honour Holocaust victims

Date published: 17 January 2019

The MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth is pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to honour those who were murdered and those who survived.

Debbie Abrahams has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked annually on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In the lead up to and on 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. 

The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Torn from Home’.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Debbie said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Oldham and Saddleworth, and across the country, to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. 

“As the Holocaust moves from living history, to ‘just’ history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors, many of whom work tirelessly to educate young people today. 

“I encourage everyone to show their support for such an important day.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. 

“Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. 

“We are very grateful to Debbie for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

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