From: Bullion, Alan
Subject: Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day provides a time for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.
This year’s overarching theme of “Keeping the memory alive” to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides comes at a particularly important time.
Earlier this month, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg became the first party leader to announce he would ensure that any government including the Liberal Democrats would safeguard the funding for the “Lessons from Auschwitz” project and described the work as being ‘worth every penny’.
The ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project means every school and college in the country has the opportunity to send two students aged 16 to 18 to see for themselves what they had only previously read about in books or seen on television.
This £9m funding until 2020 would provide for 14 projects and 3,000 students every year for five years, meaning a further 15,000 students are able to take part.
Remembering the Holocaust is not just a history lesson. It is one of the greatest antidotes we have to anti-Semitism and extremism of all kinds.
I am immensely proud that the Liberal Democrats have taken steps to ensure its memory is safeguarded for our youth through this fund.
Dr Alan Bullion
Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks