Marking Holocaust Memorial Day

REFLECTION: MP Ruth George

 

MP Ruth George marked Holocaust Memorial Day by writing to sixth forms in High Peak encouraging them to take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

The scheme offers two post-16 students from each school the chance to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with Ruth and other young people from the East Midlands.

There is also briefing before the visit in early March and a meeting afterwards to allow the students to reflect on the visit.

The trip is funded jointly by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Government.

Last week Ruth signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day; honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

The High Peak MP said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people 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.”

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Ruth George for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”