LLANELLI’S MP Nia Griffith signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust. She also paid tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Last Saturday was Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorated every year on 27th January to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events are arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country to remember all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’. In her entry in the Book of Commitment, Ms Griffith pledged to always use the power of words to call out and challenge all forms of racism and anti-Semitism.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Nia Griffith MP commented: “We must never forget the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust and the suffering of those who survived. That’s why Holocaust Memorial Day is such an important opportunity to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust. We should also take this opportunity to vow to do everything we can to make sure that we stand up to all forms of racism, anti-semitism and prejudice.
It was an honour to once again sign the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. This, and the other initiatives of those working tirelessly to educate us and future generations about the Holocaust, are so important if we are to learn the lessons from history.
I would encourage everyone in Llanelli to show their support for such an important day of the year.”
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 Nia Griffith MP 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.”