Holocaust Memorial Day 2014


Last Tuesday (16 April) I attended the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January, marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides (in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur) and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK. Each year HMDT selects a theme around which HMD activities can focus. The theme for 2014 is ‘Journeys’.

The theme will enable us to remember how journeys for so many innocent people were dreadful experiences of persecution and terror. It also allows us to learn of the remarkable journeys that brought survivors to the UK and their subsequent memories of moving on and rebuilding their lives.

The Holocaust Memorial Day provides us with a crucial reminder of the importance of commemorating the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and other genocides. I want to encourage as many people as possible in Northfield to mark HMD on 27 January 2014.

To get involved or to find out more about the day visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust online.

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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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