Yesterday (Wednesday, January 27) marked the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Mr Mundell said it is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten.
“I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance,” he added.
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, commented: “We are proud that David Mundell is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.
“As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge anti-semitism and all forms of bigotry.”
The Holocaust Educational Trust was established in 1988 with the aim of educating young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.
The Trust works in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, as well as providing teacher training, an outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource material.
It also works with Parliaments and the media to help spread understanding of the Holocaust and organises visits to the former Nazi extermination and concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland to give young people an exceptional educational experience.