Hull MP pledges support for Holocaust Memorial Day

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today pledged support for the aims of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January.

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January schools, universities and local communities throughout the country will mark Britain's sixth Holocaust Memorial Day. Hundreds of events are being held across Britain to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis in the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Educational Trust this week provided a Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment for Members of Parliament to honour the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and pay tribute to the bravery of those who risked their lives to help the persecuted.

This year's theme, 'One Person Can Make a Difference,' celebrates the courage of the rescuers and helpers who enabled the persecuted to survive and gave them hope and friendship in a time of loneliness and despair. The theme also offers every person in the country the opportunity to challenge their own current behaviour and moral choices, forcing themselves to ask the question 'What would I have done if I had been there?'

Diana Johnson MP said: "We must never forget or deny the horrors of the Holocaust. Remembering the evil of fascism from the past compels us to fight racism and anti-Semitism. Holocaust Memorial Day is one way to confront these evils."