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Mike Thornton MP pays tribute to Holocaust survivors

January 30, 2015 12:12 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton paid tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Mike marked the Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment and pledging to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust.


Mike Thornton MP signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment.

Tuesday 27th January marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events were arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mike Thornton MP commented:

"Seventy years ago, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp was liberated, but seventy five years ago it was still open."

"My trip to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Education Trust still lives with me today. We must always remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. I encourage everyone in Eastleigh to mark the day and join in the fight against prejudice and intolerance."

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

"We are proud that Mike Thornton is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps in 2015, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust - as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry."