O’Hara pledges com­mit­ment to me­mo­rial day

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara signed the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust’s Book of Com­mit­ment, and in do­ing so pledged his com­mit­ment to Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day.

The day hon­ours those who were mur­dered dur­ing by the Nazis dur­ing the Holo­caust as well as pay­ing trib­ute to the ex­tra­or­di­nary sur­vivors who work tire­lessly to ed­u­cate young peo­ple, writes Louise Glen.

To­mor­row (Fri­day Jan­uary 27) will mark the an­niver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion and death camp Auschwitz-Birke­nau, the site of the largest mass mur­der in his­tory.

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.

The theme for this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions is ‘How can life go on?’.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple all across the coun­try to re­flect on the tragic events of the Holo­caust.

‘As the Holo­caust moves from liv­ing his­tory to just his­tory, it be­comes ever more im­por­tant that we take the time to re­mem­ber the vic­tims and also pay trib­ute to the sur­vivors.

‘But we must also en­sure that we mark the Holo­caust firmly in our his­tory oth­er­wise we con­demn it to be re­peated – dis­crim­i­na­tion, xeno­pho­bia, re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion all per­sist to this day.’

Bren­dan O’Hara sign­ing the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust’s Book of Com­mit­ment.

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