SOUTH Yorkshire MPs Meg Munn and Michael Dugher have been among politicians signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The event, on Sunday, January 27, commemorates the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
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.
This year, people will also be encouraged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred.
Ms Munn, Labour member for Sheffield Heeley, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, including the mass murder of Kurdish people in Iraq.
“I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of the community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.
“People can also act by signing the online petition calling on the British Government to recognise the mass murder of Kurdish people in Iraq as an act of genocide.”
Mr Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, said: “ I encourage everyone in Barnsley to mark the day and to join members of community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud Meg and Michael are supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year.
“It is vitally important we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry.”