This week, I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day, honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust and paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

This year we are marking 77 years since the liberation of the concentration camps of Europe and the end of the Second World War.

In addition, today marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which people across the globe will remember.

In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events were 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.

After signing the Book of Commitment, I commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Glasgow South West to reflect on the darkest times of European history. As the Holocaust moves from living history to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the six million Jewish victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.”

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

““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.”

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