Catherine McKinnell, Newcastle North MP and co-chair of the All Party Parliament Group Against Antisemitism, has again pledged her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.

This year marks 77 years since the liberation of the concentration camps of Europe and the end of the Second World War. On the 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, people across the globe will remember.

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 ‘One Day’.

Catherine commented:

 “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for us all to reflect on the darkest times of European history, and to learn from mistakes of the past. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims, pay tribute to the survivors and pledge to ensure it can never happen again.”

Karen Pollock CBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, added:

 ““As the Holocaust fades from living memory, it falls on all of us to ensure that their stories and the stories of the 6 Jewish million men, women and children brutally murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators, are never forgotten. We all have a duty to remember the Holocaust and to stand up against antisemitism and hate, now more than ever.”