O’Hara pledges commitment to memorial day
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.