Jo Cox MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in Parliament.
The Batley & Spen MP has pledged her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day, which is today, honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work to educate young people.
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
Mrs Cox, who had visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, said: “This is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.
“My overriding memory of Auschwitz-Birkenau was seeing the piles and piles of tiny, discarded children’s shoes. It was heartbreaking.”
Mrs Cox welcomed the efforts by a number of schools in Batley & Spen to take pupils to Auschwitz-Birkenau to learn more about the Holocaust.
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Jo is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we continue to remember and learn from those appalling events – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge anti-semitism and all forms of bigotry.”