WITH Holocaust Memorial Day coming up on Thursday, MP Iain Stewart showed his support by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.
Mr Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, made the gesture ahead of the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The book was placed in Parliament by the Holocaust Educational Trust to give MPs the chance to support the sharing and safeguarding of ‘Untold Stories’ and to learn from survivors’ experiences.
Mr Stewart said: “In the tenth year of its commemoration in the UK, Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
“As anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice are still present in our society, learning from the extraordinary ‘Untold Stories’ of those who survived gives us the opportunity to reflect on the evil that was perpetrated during the Holocaust and other genocides and pledge to create a brighter future.”
On and around the day, schools, communities and faith groups will join together at thousands of events.
Chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, said: “We are delighted that Iain Stewart is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As the number of survivors dwindles, remembering the Holocaust and passing on their testimony is more crucial than ever.”