Remembering the Holocaust

UNISON is marking Holocaust Memorial Day with a reminder that racism and prejudice still need countering

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day – UNISON members will be among people around the globe remembering the millions who died in the worst human atrocity ever committed.

UNISON has long campaigned to end racism and prejudice in society. The union supports its very diverse membership and is proud of the activism of those who campaign to end racism and intolerance in our communities.

“While remembering the horrors of the Holocaust, we need to ensure that hatred and prejudice today are constantly challenged,” said UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today.

“There is no place in a civilised society for practices that are designed to create fear and hatred.”

UNISON activists can show their support for Holocaust Memorial Day by sharing stories on social media and lighting a candle as a symbol of remembrance and hope.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is encouraging people to commemorate the day with the theme ‘Don’t Stand By’.

You can find it on Twitter via #DontStandBy.

Several MPs have signed the Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment, including former UNISON officer Daniel Zeichner

Last week, a study tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was undertaken by members of Sefton and Halton UNISON branch.

The delegation, which also included members of UNISON North West international committee and Newcastle City branch, were there to mark the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the camp.

Tour co-ordinator Glen Williams said: “The Holocaust study tour began as a response to the BNP getting active in Sefton 18 years ago and has grown ever since.

“As the organiser, I am extremely proud of the activists who commit to come on this tour and then become living witnesses to bear testimony on behalf of the survivors who sadly are ever decreasing in number.”

UNISON international committee chair Paul Glover, who was part of the delegation, said: “What I have experienced in Auschwitz-Birkenau has made it clear to me why UNISON’s international work is so important.

“We need to fight racism and fascism wherever it raises its ugly head, and also to oppose oppression wherever it occurs.”