PHILIP Dunne MP has highlighted the need to ensure that young people are aware of the horrific crimes and persecution suffered by many at the hands of the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s.

He has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died during the Holocaust as well as the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

“The Holocaust was one of the most horrendous examples of human savagery in history,” said the MP for Ludlow.

“It is right that on January 27, the day that Auschwitz-Birkenhau was liberated, we remember all those who lost their lives to the brutality of the Nazis, as well as those who will carry the scars for the rest of their lives.

“I was able to visit Auschwitz-Birkenhau a few years ago alongside students from Bridgnorth, which was a truly eye-opening experience.

“That man is capable of such horrendous and brutal acts of violence, based purely on an adherence to a doctrine of hate, is a chilling thought.

“It is vital that we make sure that young people are acutely aware of this darkest period of human history so that lessons can be learnt, and that we develop a more tolerant, inclusive society free from prejudice, racism and bigotry.”

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place in the UK since 2001, with more than 2,000 local activities taking place on or around January 27 each year.