Washington and Sunderland MP continues fight against hatred and prejudice

Sharon Hodgson
Sharon Hodgson
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WEARSIDE MP Sharon Hodgson has restated her commitment to tackling hatred.

The Washington and Sunderland West MP marked Holocaust Memorial Day yesterday by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.

The book honours all those who died during the Holocaust, as well as survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

Monday marked the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis’ death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events are arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Mrs Hodgson, who has visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in previous years with school groups, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also to take a stand against the hate that still exists today.”

“I would encourage all of my constituents to mark the day and to join the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Sharon is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. It is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge anti-semitism and all forms of bigotry.”

The theme for the UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is ‘Journeys’, encouraging us to learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide and also about the life stories of journeys that brought survivors to the UK.