Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in Parliament this week, to pledge his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

On Friday 26th January 2018 Austin is working with Dudley College’s Students Union and the Holocaust Educational Trust to organise Dudley’s annual Holocaust Commemoration where all residents in Dudley are invited to hear the story of Holocaust Survivor Eve Kugler.

In October 1938 six Nazis rampaged through Eve’s family home and later the shop her father owned. Eve will be sharing her story of living under Nazi occupation in Germany and France.

HMD is on Saturday 27th January, it marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

The Commemoration is open to all residents in Dudley and will take place at the Broadway Campus of Dudley College starting at 12:30 on Friday 26th January 2018

Ian Austin MP said:

 “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Dudley and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust.

“As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.

“It is very good of Eve to come to Dudley and share her experiences – it is always an honour to hear from those who survived such horrific events.

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 Ian 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.”

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