27th January: Holocaust Memorial Day

On Sunday 27th January 2013, Scotland will mark Holocaust Memorial Day – the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, 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 of subsequent genocides.

In 2013 people are being encouraged to honour those communities that have been destroyed by genocide and reflect on the importance of coming together to oppose prejudice and hatred.

The Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment was placed in the Scottish Parliament prior to Holocaust Memorial Day and has been signed by Stuart McMillan, SNP MSP representing Scotland West.

Mr McMillan says; ‘Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

‘As someone who has visited Auschwitz concentration camp I fully appreciate the scale of this tragedy and was more than happy to sign the Book of Commitment.

‘Therefore, I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.’

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