Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Today marks the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp and the site of the largest mass murder in history.
It’s incredibly important that we remember the victims of the genocide, targeted because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or political beliefs.
Holocaust Memorial Day also recognises those afflicted by genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. Only by reflecting and educating on the stories of the people afflicted can we hope to prevent these atrocities from occurring. It isn’t as simple as saying ‘never again’ – we must be active in standing up unequivocally for human rights throughout the world.
There will be a ceremony broadcast from 7-8pm tonight online at – https://www.hmd.org.uk/. I’ll also be lighting a candle in my window at 8pm this evening to commemorate those who were persecuted during the Holocaust and to stand in solidarity with those who continue to suffer under the hand of oppression.
Please, if you’re able, join me in this moment of unity.