Mark Durkan signs Holocaust pledge

Foyle MP Mark Durkan signing the Holocaust book of committment at Westminster. (2001MM01)
Foyle MP Mark Durkan signing the Holocaust book of committment at Westminster. (2001MM01)

Foyle MP Mark Durkan has marked world Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a book of commitment at Westminster.

The SDLP MP signed the book ahead of World Holocaust day which falls on the Sunday January 27, the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Mr Durkan was one of a number of MPs to sign the book of commitment, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, in which he pledged to encourage constituents to work together to combat prejudice and racism.

The former SDLP leader said it is important to continue to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

“As anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice are still present in society Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the evil that was perpetrated during the Holocaust and pledge to create a brighter future.

“It is an important opportunity to remember the victims not only of the Holocaust but subsequent genocides. I encourage everyone to mark the day and to join the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

Mr Durkan visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2008 with a group of students from the Derry area.

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, thanked MP Durkan for signing the book.

“We are proud that Mark Durkan is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry.”

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the UK, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This year, people will also be encouraged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred.