#HolocaustMemorialDay: A poignant reflection on Holocaust Memorial Day

Published: January 27, 2016

#HolocaustMemorialDay: A poignant reflection on Holocaust Memorial Day, Today is Holocaust Memorial Day as it is the day Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was liberated in 1945.

In the five years that the camp was open, an estimated 1.1 million people were killed.

Politicians have paid their respects on twitter using the hashtag #DontStandBy, ensuring that lessons continue to be learned from the genocide of the Nazi holocaust and subsequent deaths at the hands of racism and intolerance.

The Scottish Government has announced more than £280,000 renewed funding to Holocaust Educational Trust and renewed funding for the Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz Project’ was confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Sturgeon took to twitter to remember the victims of the holocaust, writing “we resolve to stand against prejudice & intolerance”.

On Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the victims of genocide and resolve to stand against prejudice & intolerance. #DontStandBy @HMD_UK

– Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) January 27, 2016
Scottish Conservative and Scottish Labour leaders Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale also paid their respects.

Don’t stand by – Remembering victims of persecution and genocide this Holocaust Memorial Day. #HMD2016 pic.twitter.com/JRlS33Kamr

– Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) January 27, 2016

Today we remember the victims of the Holocaust and all genocides and commit to stand against hate and intolerance. #HMD2016 #DontStandBy

– Kezia Dugdale (@kdugdalemsp) January 27, 2016
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn shared a tweet, writing: “The tragedy must never be repeated”.

The tragedy and brutality and loss must never be repeated #HolocaustMemorialDay pic.twitter.com/dPt7fSdLik

– Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 27, 2016
Scottish Government Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf used the hashtag, highlighting the issues of islamaphobia, homophobia and misogyny that still affect us today.

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