A Sheffield MP has paid tribute to all those who lost their lives or survived the Holocaust as part of the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.
Tuesday, January 27, will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than one million victims died at the site of the largest mass murder in history.
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in Parliament.
He said: “I visited the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau a few years ago. It’s a powerful symbol of the risks of allowing prejudice and intolerance to go unchallenged.
“In honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust we should all commit to standing up against those who promote division and hatred today.”
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “As we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps in 2015, 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 anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.”
A candlelit vigil and memorial ceremony will be held in the Winter Garden in Sheffield city centre on Holocaust Memorial Day, at 5.30pm.