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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek commits to safeguard the legacy of Holocaust Survivors

28 Jan 2010

Derek pledged his commitment to  Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.

With yesterday marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration & extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in Parliament to give MPs the opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis - and to support a 'Legacy of Hope', learning from the Holocaust Survivors' experiences to help create a future free from hatred and prejudice.

In doing so, Derek paid tribute to those remarkable individuals who survived the appalling events of the Holocaust and have since dedicated their lives to educating younger generations about the dangers of allowing persecution and intolerance to take hold in society.

Thousands of events were held across the country yesterday as communities came together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day - to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis and in subsequent genocides so that these atrocities are neither forgotten nor repeated.  This year's Holocaust Memorial Day was the ninth to be commemorated in the UK.

Derek said:

"Holocaust Survivors are extraordinary people.  We have a duty to them to pass on the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations.  Holocaust Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the Survivors, to commemorate the millions who died under Hitler's regime and to commit to a future free from racism and discrimination."

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

"We are delighted that Derek Twigg MP is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.  Remembering and learning about the Holocaust is more important now than ever before.  This year's theme - 'The Legacy of Hope' - highlights the important role young people have to play in taking the Survivors' mantle forward and educating their peers about the Holocaust."

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Derek signs the Book of Commitment on Holocaust Memorial Day

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