Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust. He also paid tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Mayor Jarvis said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from across the Sheffield City Region and the country to reflect on the tragedy of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, it is ever more important that we remember those whose lives were lost, and pay tribute to the survivors.
“In remembering those whose lives were destroyed by the evil of the Holocaust, we must also pledge to say ‘Never Again’ – and be resolute in our opposition to antisemitism, racism and bigotry. I would encourage everyone to show their support for such an important day.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Dan for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked annually on 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events are arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Torn from Home’.