Newcastle MP marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has pledged to honour Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in Parliament this week.

27th January 2013 will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass grave in history. In the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust have placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust, and to encourage constituents to work together to combat prejudice and racism today.

Catherine said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day presents us with an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides – with thousands of events being arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations up and down the country.

“This year people are being urged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred. I would encourage all of my constituents to mark this day, and to remember the victims by joining the ongoing fight against prejudice and intolerance.”