Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2012

Natascha Engel MP marked Holocaust Memorial Day by visiting Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.  At the school Natascha met up with Megan Wynne and Holly Platts who will be representing the school on a forthcoming visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Natascha will travel with Megan and Holly and pupils from Tupton Hall School on the trip which has been organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The Trust works with schools and the wider community to fight against all types of discrimination within our society.

As part of the Holocaust Memorial Trust I will be travelling in February with a group of pupils from Tupton Hall and Dronfield Henry Fanshawe Schools to the site of one of the biggest mass genocides the world has ever seen.  Over one million Jews were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau and like the students who I will be going with this will be a first visit for me.  Who knows what emotions this will bring; I am sure that we will all have our own feelings about it, but one thing is certain, what happened at this place was real and in our recent history.

But the Holocaust was not just about the persecution and murder of Jews it is also about 5 million other human beings who perished at the hands of the Nazis.  People like, gypsies, vagrants, political opponents, and even Church leaders who refused to carry out the orders of the Reich.

We should also remember the survivors of the Holocaust.   Through their personal experience the world learned of the terrible atrocities that were carried out in the death camps whilst sadly the rest of the world stayed silent.

The Holocaust is a watershed event in history — a frightening reminder of the consequences of prejudice and intolerance and of the dangers of silence and apathy.

Auschwitz stands as a symbol of torture, persecution and death.  All of us should never forget and it is important that people know and understand what happened in the death camps to prevent this ever happening again.

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