UK lawmakers mark Holocaust Memorial Day

28 January 2022
2022-01-28 08:46

MPs gathered for a ceremony in Westminster on Thursday to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The day falls on the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of the death camps where Nazi Germany carried out its Final Solution seeking to murder the Jewish people of Europe.

The Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle led the ceremony at Portcullis House which was also attended by the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons said "…. Lives could be changed, they could be ended, but they must never be forgotten. That is why I want to thank you for joining me today to remember all those lives that have been lost and to the people who mourn them.

In all, about 6 million European Jews and millions of other people were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. Some 1.5 million were children. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2005 establishing International Holocaust Remembrance Day as an annual commemoration.

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