Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Earlier today I had the privilege of attending the GLA’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Although an annual event, 2015 coincides with two important historical anniversaries – the 70thanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau during the Second World War and the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia – that make this year even more resonate.

I was touched to hear the experiences of young people who visited the death camps. Organised by the amazing Holocaust Educational Trust, the trips ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust will be learned by new generations.

The living memory of survivors helps to drive home how recently such horrors occurred. I met Freda, who as a young girl spent years in hiding during the Second World War, only for her family to be discovered by the secret police.

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Freda’s story will be told tomorrow night at 9pm as part of the BBC2 documentary Touched by Auschwitz.

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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