SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons this week, pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.
Friday January 27 will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history – and in the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during their Holocaust and encouraging constituents to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.
Mr Durkan paid tribute to “the extraordinary men and women” who having survived the Holocaust, work to educate young people about what they endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme.
In the weeks around Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations throughout the UK, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
This year, people will also be encouraged to take a stand against racism and prejudice today – and to speak out against hatred wherever they encounter it.
Locally, Oakgrove Integrated College will bring lessons to a standstill at 12 noon on January 27 while students collectively learn lessons from the past.
Mr Durkan visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with Derry students in 2008.