Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Stephen Ladyman MP asks constituents

Stephen Ladyman Press Release
Stephen Ladyman, MP for South Thanet has showed his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.

As in previous years, Holocaust Educational Trust placed the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the opportunity to pledge that they will uphold the memory of the Holocaust and oppose hatred today.

In doing so, he paid tribute to those individuals who had the courage to ‘Stand up to Hatred’ in many different ways; by joining resistance movements such as The White Rose at the University of Munich; by speaking out to challenge the hatred being that surrounded them; or by risking their own life to rescue others in danger.

January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration and extermination camp.

On and around Holocaust Memorial Day, schools, local communities and faith groups from across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust and in more recent genocides. Ultimately the aim of the day is to motivate people – individually and collectively, to ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimization committed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are neither forgotten nor repeated again.

This year is the ninth year that the anniversary of the liberation of the camp has been officially commemorated in the UK. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the day passing the Holocaust Memorial Day resolution.

Stephen Ladyman MP said:

“It is all too easy to forget the lessons of the Holocaust and the millions who died and suffered. If we don’t ‘Stand Up to Hatred’ in all its forms and remember those that died in the storm of hatred that was the 2nd World War then sooner or later we will see another Holocaust.”

“At this time we should also spare a thought for what is happening in today in Southern Israel and Gaza and use Holocaust Memorial Day to motivate us to do what we must to bring peace to the Middle East, both for Palestinians and Israelis.”

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said:

“We are delighted that Stephen is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. Holocaust Memorial Day and Holocaust education is more important now than ever. This year’s topic, “Stand Up to Hatred” highlights the importance of joining forces against hatred, prejudice and intolerance. Sadly antisemitism, Islamaphobia, Holocaust denial, racism, prejudice and even genocide still continue to pollute our world today.

At the Holocaust Educational Trust we endeavour to impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, across all communities so they can see where hate and racism can ultimately lead.

It is the participation of all communities and the support of schools, local groups and local government that give this day the impact it has around the country and we applaud their commitment to ensuring the lessons of the past are learnt, acted upon and disseminated.”

1 comment:

  1. We should never forget the crimes of the past nor ignore those crimes of today or indeed use the past to somehow justify current war crimes.

    Whilst we remember the victims of the past lets not forget those of the future.

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