Tuesday, 17 September 2013

David Cameron: we must preserve the memory of the Holocaust

The Prime Minister announced that the Government will increase funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) by an extra £300,000 a year.
The extra funds will allow more children to take part in the Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which allows students and teachers to visit the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
He also launched a new national Holocaust commission, which will set up a permanent Holocaust memorial in Britain.
Mr Cameron told the Trust's Appeal Dinner: “At a time when anti-Semitism is returning in some parts of mainland Europe, it is more important than ever that – as a whole country – we do everything possible to make sure that the memory of the Holocaust is preserved from generation to generation.
"The Holocaust Educational Trust are leading the way, and it is vital that they are supported.”
His comments came six months after Hungary's prime minister told an international assembly of Jews that anti-Semitism was on the rise both in Europe and Hungary.
Speaking at the World Jewish Congress meeting at the beginning of May, Viktor Orban attributed anti-semitism partly to the economic crisis affecting the region.
Some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the Holocaust.
Mr Cameron has committed to visiting Auschwitz in 2014, while he will chair the first meeting of the new multi-faith, cross-party commission later this year.
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We welcome the lead that the Prime Minister has taken in safeguarding the memory of the Holocaust for decades to come. We are delighted to be the key partners in the delivery of this landmark initiative.”


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