This week Mike Gapes MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Mike Gapes MP took part in the Holocaust Memorial Day debate in Parliament this afternoon. You can view the speech here. He will be attending the national Holocaust Memorial Day service in Central London on Thursday 25th January and the Redbridge Memorial Service in Valentines Park on Friday 26 January.
Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the lead up to and 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 ‘The power of words’.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Mike Gapes MP commented:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Ilford South and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. At a time when antisemitism is growing on both left and right it is more vital than ever that we remember and learn the lessons from the Holocaust. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”