Holocaust memorial day will help us ‘ensure we challenge hatred and bigotry’

LONDONDERRY MP Mark Durkan says Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to “ensure that we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry.”

Mr Durkan, who joined students from Londonderry on a trip to the former Nazi concentration camp Auchwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, Poland in 2008, said: “As antisemitism, racism and prejudice are still present in society Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the evil that was perpetrated during the Holocaust and pledge to create a brighter future.

“It is an important opportunity to remember the victims not only of the Holocaust but subsequent genocides. I encourage everyone to mark the day and to join the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

This week he signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.

Sunday, January 27, will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Mark Durkan is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry.”