Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

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17 Jan 2019

This week Paul signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment again to Holocaust Memorial Day 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.

Sunday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Torn from Home’.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Paul commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Newcastle 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.

‘I spent my formative years, in my late teens and early twenties, organising international youth exchanges for children in Newcastle with the German War Graves Commission in Berlin and, one year, at the former Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen in Austria. I can never forget those experiences and would encourage constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

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 Paul 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.”

For further information, please contact Paul’s office at or
Robert Lingard, Head of Public Affairs, or 020 7222 6822