Wednesday, 9 September, 2015
Holocaust survivors, genocide survivors and MPs helped to launch free resources for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 at a reception hosted by Mike Freer MP and Jessica Morden MP at the House of Commons yesterday.
Each year HMDT selects a theme and creates resources around which HMD activities can focus. Next year’s theme will be Don’t stand by, exploring the role of bystanders during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides, and taking inspiration from those who chose not to stand by.
Olivia Marks-Woldman (Chief Executive, HMDT), Otto Deutsch, Baroness Williams of Trafford (DCLG minister), Cathy Ashley (Chair, HMDT)
Otto Deutsch, who travelled to the UK on the Kindertransport, spoke poignantly about those who welcomed him on his journey to safety from Vienna to the UK. He also spoke about how if fewer people had stood by during Nazi rule his parents and sister may not have been murdered.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:
‘Today we are launching a huge number of resources that will support people across the country to commemorate HMD 2016. With the issue of how to respond to people fleeing persecution at the forefront of our minds, it is inspiring to learn more about people who didn’t stand by and took action to help those in need. And it is incumbent on us all to learn from those who did not stand by and be motivated to take action ourselves.’
Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack with Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP, UK Envoy for post-Holocaust issues
Details of all of the resources launches for 2016 can be found on our HMD 2016: Don't stand by theme page.
Reception co-host Jessica Morden MP with Renate Collins, who came to the UK on the Kindertransport