This week Henry 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.
Wednesday 27th January will mark 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, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Henry commented:
“Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, and it is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and ensure they are not forgotten. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to remember our ongoing duty to oppose prejudice and intolerance, in all their forms.
“Furthermore, there is now a really impressive programme for school children to visit Auschwitz. The next Lessons from Auschwitz project, run by the Holocaust Educational Trust, will be running this April. I really would urge schools to look at participating on this programme.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“We are proud that Sir Henry 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.”