Lighting a Candle in Rememberance of Holocaust Victims
Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has today (Monday) lit a candle during the Holocaust Memorial Day National Commemoration Event in Westminster.
Last week Douglas Alexander also signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an internationally recognised Day to commemorate those who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
This year marks the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history.
Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP, Douglas Alexander, said:
“Today’s event, with the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, was an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
“It was an honour to take part in the National Commemoration Event and a very poignant moment to light a candle on behalf of victims of genocide.
“Holocaust Memorial Day is a day to acknowledge that the Holocaust was a defining episode of the twentieth century. It is important to always remember the victims of this dark period and stand up to prejudice and intolerance to build a safer, better future.”
(photo: signing the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons January 2013)