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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Local MP ‘takes a step’ against prejudice by signing Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment

January 21, 2014 5:35 PM

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day this week, Stephen Lloyd MP has secured a debate in Parliament to commemorate those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

Monday 27th January will mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, including in Eastbourne. Locally, this weekend Stephen will be speaking at an event organised by Sally Taylor at the ECCN along with Eastbourne Jewish Community to remember all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This will be held this Sunday at the Town Hall from 2:30.

In Parliament Stephen signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment to commemorate those who were involved in the tragedy and the need to always remember the sacrifices made. Just as last year, he has also secured a debate in Parliament to mark the day, which has traditionally been very well attended by MPs from all political parties.

Stephen said: "Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau - and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. I encourage all constituents to mark this day and to join me in seeking to fight prejudice and intolerance wherever they may raise their heads. Eastbourne is a wonderfully community focussed town because we share a common appreciation of fairness."

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: "We are proud that Stephen is again supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. It is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust - as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry."