To mark Holocaust Memorial Day (Monday 27th January) Macclesfield MP David Rutley recently signed the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s Book of Remembrance.
By signing the Book of Remembrance, Mr Rutley reaffirmed his ongoing commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to continuing to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust.
The day provides an important opportunity to pay tribute to the work of Holocaust survivors, whose efforts in educating younger generations about the appalling crimes committed continue to play a role in helping tackle prejudice.
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Stand Together’.
The aim is to highlight how millions of people were murdered by the Nazi regime simply because of their identity, and how we as a society should stand together to remember all those who died as unique individuals.
Once again, the day will be marked with thousands of commemorative events across the country.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day has particular significance as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Nazi concentration camp in what was then German-occupied Poland bore witness to the murdering of more than 1 million people between 1940 and 1945.
Speaking after signing the Book of Remembrance, Mr Rutley said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for us all to reflect on the darkest times of European history.
“As the Holocaust moves from living history, to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the six million Jewish victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.
“Having visited Auschwitz and seen its horrors first-hand, I was honoured to sign the Book of Remembrance on the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. We must never forget.”
As well as pledging his support to remembering the victims of past acts of terrible hatred, last week David added his name in support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism.
The UK Government has committed to enshrining this internationally-recognised definition into domestic law.
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “As the Holocaust moves further into history, it falls on all of us to ensure that their stories and the stories of the 6 million Jewish men, women and children brutally murdered by the Nazis, are never forgotten.
“We all have a duty to remember the Holocaust and to stand up against antisemitism and hate, now more than ever.”