Angus MacNeil MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment this week to pledge his support for Holocaust Memorial Day.

He also pledged to honour 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 is Holocaust Memorial Day (Wednesday 27th January) which marks 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 Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events have taken place, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

An event is taking place at An Lanntair in Stornoway this evening and Mr MacNeil commended those who had organised it under this year’s theme ‘Don’t Stand By’.

Holocaust commemoration book

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mr MacNeil 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 and make sure they are not forgotten. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

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

“We are proud that Angus MacNeil is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, 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.”

Mr MacNeil also took part in a special debate in the House of Commons to highlight Holocaust Memorial Day last week.