Andrew Gwynne MP met a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide, Sokphal Din at the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January – the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides (in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur) and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK. Each year HMDT selects a theme around which HMD activities can focus. The theme for 2014 is Journeys.
Andrew spoke to Sokphal about his journey to the UK. Sokphal and his family were forced from their homes by the Khmer Rouge regime to live in terrible conditions in the jungle. He lost his father, grandmother, brother, and many other family members. Over two million people lost their lives in the Cambodian Genocide in the late 1970s.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Sokphal‘s story is a reminder of the importance of commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day – a day where we share the memory of the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and other genocides. I want to encourage as many people as possible in Denton and Reddish to mark HMD on 27 January 2014.”
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:
‘We were delighted that Andrew showed his support for Holocaust Memorial Day. We hope that many more people in Denton and Reddish will organise events for next year’s HMD – adding to the over 2,000 activities which took place for HMD 2013.’