Published: January 24, 2012
MP Tessa Munt signs Holocaust Memorial Book of Commitment

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week signed a 'Book of Commitment', pledging her backing to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

This Friday, 27th January, marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history.

A short memorial service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Friday at 12 midday to commemorate the event, organised by Highbridge War Memorial Trust and members of Highbridge's clergy.

To mark the anniversary, the Holocaust Educational Trust asked Tessa to sign a Book of Commitment to honour those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust, and to be active in speaking out against prejudice and bigotry today.

Tessa paid tribute to the extraordinary men and women who, having survived the Holocaust, work through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme to educate young people about what they endured.

Tessa told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims of this genocide. I encourage everyone to remember this anniversary and commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against racism, hatred and prejudice wherever they are encountered today."

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: "We are proud that Tessa is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day again this year. It is vital that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of bigotry."


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