Statement by Leanne on Holocaust Memorial Day

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“Today the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day as the year begins in an atmosphere of uncertainty and division for many.

“We commemorate the tragedy suffered by Jewish people, who died in their millions in a systematic way, at the hands of the Nazis.

“We further acknowledge the other victims of fascism, including people with disabilities, Gypsies, people who had the 'wrong' religion or sexual preferences, and political prisoners who were murdered purely for their beliefs.

“Furthermore, we have in our minds the untold millions who have suffered death and damage elsewhere in the world, including the recent examples in the Middle-East.

“Since the Second World War, international structures have been set up designed to minimise the risk of future conflicts in Europe. But Europe is now more divided than it has been since the Cold War.

“We have also seen the emergence of hatred and intolerance across the world. All of us must be vigilant and willing to work to prevent that rhetoric from paving the way for political violence.

“At the same time, Welsh communities continue to co-exist. On Holocaust Memorial Day, the greatest defiance we can show is to express solidarity with each other, to unite against any and all attacks on minorities and to live freely and in harmony together as Welsh citizens.”


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