Brown: ‘Don’t boy­cott HMD’

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front page - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

CHAN­CEL­LOR GOR­DON Brown has taken is­sue with groups such as the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Bri­tain which have shunned in­volve­ment in Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day, which falls this week­end.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the JC on Wed­nes­day, Mr Brown said that “ev­ery­body should ac­cept their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for play­ing a part in re­mind­ing whole com­mu­ni­ties of what hap­pened”. HMD was “a very im­por­tant na­tional day both of ed­u­ca­tion and re­mem­brance”.

He be­lieved “the most im­por­tant thing is that young peo­ple are taught the lessons of this ter­ri­ble and aw­ful episode in our his­tory”. Young­sters from his Kirk­caldy and Cow­den­beath con­stituency have been in­volved in an Anne Frank fes­ti­val.

Re­spond­ing to last week’s JC/ YouGov poll find­ing that 28 per cent of young adults do not know about the Holo­caust, the Chan­cel­lor said: “That’s the rea­son why it’s a good in­vest­ment of re­sources to send school­child­ren [to Auschwitz] and give them a chance to see what hap­pened. They will come back and tell peo­ple.”

Mr Brown signed the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust’s Book of Com­mit­ment, adding the mes­sage: “We must never for­get but con­tinue to talk about this dark episode in our his­tory — for the sake of those who died and for the sake of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

MCB spokesman Inayat Bunglawala said the coun­cil was still con­fer­ring with Bri­tish Mus­lims about whether to take a for­mal role in HMD.

NATASHA KAPLIN­SKY: My fam­ily were Holo­caust vic­tims, page 4

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