Sir George meets survivors of genocide at launch of theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015
Sir George Young MP met Sokphal Din, a survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia, at the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. HMD asks people to apply these lessons to the present day to create a safer, better future.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK. Each year HMDT selects a theme around which HMD activities can focus. The theme for 2015 is Keep the memory alive.
Sir George said:
‘Sokphal’s story is a reminder of the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day – a day where we remember the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and other genocides. I want to encourage people in North East Hampshire to mark HMD on 27 January 2015.’
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:
‘We were delighted that Sir George showed his support for Holocaust Memorial Day. We hope that many more people in North East Hampshire will organise activities for next year’s HMD – adding to the over 2,400 activities which took place for HMD 2014.’