On Holocaust Memorial Day, Chris Elmore MP reiterated the importance of commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and those from genocides around the world that have followed.
Monday 27 January marked Holocaust Memorial Day which serves as a powerful reminder of the 6 million Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War, the other victims of the Holocaust, as well as those victims of genocides since in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“We must never forget the horrors of the Holocaust, and the terrible crimes that were allowed to happen across Europe. This grows ever more important as we move further away from the events of the Second World War as those that bore witness to its horrors grow ever fewer.”
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and other concentration camps by the Allied Forces and the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia which saw around 8,000 Muslim men and boys murdered in Srebrenica by Ratko Mladic’s Serbian forces.
“Despite vows of ‘never again’ following the Second World War as the atrocities of the Nazis came to light, we have unfortunately seen a number of genocidal events in the years since. Bosnia and Darfur are well within living memory for so many of us and we must work together, to stand together, to protect the vulnerable from harm.
“Standing together, the theme of this year’s Holocaust remembrance means refusing to allow those that would see us divided capitalise on differences within our society. It means refusing to accept that the things that make us different are a disadvantage to our society and, instead, an acceptance and acknowledgement that we have far more in common.”