London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert has marked Holocaust Memorial Day by pledging to keep working to eliminate prejudice, discrimination, anti-Semitism and racism.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on January 27 th, the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. The aim of the day is to ensure that these horrendous crimes are neither forgotten nor repeated.
Ms Lambert, a member of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of the remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. In commemoration of victims and in honouring survivors we must commit to tackling prejudice, discrimination, anti-Semitism and racism in the present day wherever we can.
“Ethnic division and intolerance have continued to fuel violence and genocide in countries like Rwanda, Armenia, Kosovo and Cambodia. Far from being free from such abhorrent bigotry, across Europe, millions of Roma, people from LGBT communities, and others are still facing pervasive discrimination and prejudice and hate crimes are all too frequent.
“It falls to every single one of us to help develop a community which is tolerant and inclusive, and in doing so, it’s vital we take this time to remember the survivors of all such tragedies and those who go on suffering around the world. The lesson we must remember from the Holocaust is that we must never stand by and let hatred take root.”