Layla Moran commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

1 Feb 2023

This week Layla Moran signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day, honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today, and remembering those around the world enduring human rights abuses today.

Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27th January every year, the anniversary of the liberation of the infamous former Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945. Across the UK – and world – people will come together to remember the horrors of the past.

On Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be 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 ‘Ordinary People’. It prompts us to consider how ordinary people can perhaps play a part in challenging prejudice today.

On Holocaust Memorial Day we also remember and pay tribute to all of those persecuted by the Nazis, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay men, political opponents to the Nazis and others. We also remember all of those affected by genocide since, in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

As we remember those who perished in the Holocaust and all victims of mass atrocity crimes, Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to building a future free from identity-based persecution, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Layla Moran commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for us to reflect on the darkest times of European history, and renew our commitment that it should never happen again. 

“Today, I pledge to remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered in Holocaust. We also remember those who have died in other genocides around the world, and think of those enduring human rights abuses today.

“As we remember those who perished in the Holocaust and all victims of mass atrocity crimes, we re-commit ourselves to building a future free from atrocities, genocide, and crimes against humanity.”

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