A Harrow politician has asked the Prime Minister to ensure younger generations are able to learn about the Holocaust and visit sites of historical importance.
Harrow East MP Bob Blackman called on David Cameron to endorse the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau - the site of the largest mass murder in history.
It is an opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten.
Mr Cameron announced yesterday that a memorial will be built in Victoria Tower Gardens to mark the date.
Mr Blackman took the opportunity to raise the subject in Prime Minister’s questions.
He said: “My Right Honourable friend has rightly alluded to the wonderful work of the Holocaust Educational Trust in allowing literally thousands of young people to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and see it for themselves first hand.
"Will he commit the Government to continue funding the Holocaust Educational Trust so that many thousands more can see the horrors of the holocaust?”
Mr Cameron responded: “I can certainly make that commitment. We've funded it with over £10 million since I became Prime Minister... It does excellent work.”
He continued: “I also think there's a real need now, as tragically the remaining holocaust survivors are coming to the end of their lives and many of them are now speaking up in the most moving and powerful way - I will be spending some time day with some of them - recording their testimonies which must be part of our memorial is absolutely vital, because their description of what they went through, the friends and family that they lost is so powerful and so moving we must capture it for generations to come.”
Mr Blackman also signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment this week to pledge his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust.
He also paid tribute to the Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people and challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.