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Foreign Secretary marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond marks Holocaust Memorial Day and pays tribute to those who ensure this remains forever in our memories

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

On Holocaust Memorial Day, we reflect on the terrible events of the Holocaust and pay tribute to those who work tirelessly to ensure that this remains forever in our memories.

This year’s theme ‘don’t stand by’ prompts us to remember that the Holocaust and subsequent genocides happened because people stood by while prejudice grew into discrimination and discrimination into mass extermination.

We remember the people who risked their own lives to save their neighbours, colleagues, friends and, in many cases, complete strangers. We draw inspiration from their courage and humanity. The Holocaust teaches us about the dangers of allowing prejudice and discrimination to run unchecked. It’s our responsibility to ensure that future generations understand what caused the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences.

Further information

  • Wednesday 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day, a world-wide day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust.

  • More information on Holocaust Memorial Day can be found here

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