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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.

Yesterday I attended a really beautiful event at Blatchington Mill School to mark this important day which falls on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It's a time when we can pause and reflect on the one of history's most depraved human horrors and consider what it means for our generation.

 

 

Many different groups were targeted, and suffered, under Nazi rule. Gay, disabled, and people who resisted Nazi ideology were all brutalised and murdered. But the Holocaust refers to crimes against Jews because of the sheer numbers that suffered and died and because it is the singular time in human history when a nation state attempted to exterminate an entire population due to ethnicity or religion. It is literally unimaginable.

Last week I sponsored a debate in parliament to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and gave the opening speech. It's here if you have a few moments to spare. All the best, Peter

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commented 2017-01-29 18:34:01 +0000
A very moving and eloquent speech. Can you confirm that you will be doing something similar on 15th May when the Palestinians remember the Nakba?
The appalling behaviour of the Israeli government cannot but continue to escalate tension between east and west. It is absolutely right to acknowledge the terrible events of the Holocaust – but ignoring the abuse of the Palestinian Arab and Christian communities since 1948 is unjust, unfair and inhuman.
I am sure that our local PSC group would invite you.

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