Holocaust Memorial Day


This Sunday – 27th January – is Holocaust Memorial Day. It marks the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I encourage others to mark the day and to join members of their local community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.

Earlier this week I signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

The Book of Commitment was placed in the House of Commons by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), who work with young people to educate them about the Holocaust and explore the important lessons to be learned for today.

On Monday I will be attending a Commemoration taking place in Westminster and I have also signed a parliamentary motion (EDM 889) marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2013.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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