Halton UNISON commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with a recent study visit to the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.
The visit organised through the Sefton Holocaust Memorial Trust saw Branch representatives take a tour of the suburbs of Krakow used as a Jewish ghetto during the 2nd World War and Oscar Schindlers factory.
The following day the group of trade unionists toured Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps. Here they saw exhibits about the horrific conditions within the camp and how huge piles of glasses, suitcases and human hair had been collected from prisoners. The visit concluded with a candle laying ceremony at the ruins of crematorium four, which was blown up in 1944 by a prisoner resistant movement within the camp.
Speaking about the visit, Paula Barker Branch Secretary said “The visit was a very emotive and thought-provoking experience for all those who took part.
The scale of Auschwitz-Birkenau and how it was built with the sole purpose to kill people who were deemed to be different is hard to comprehend.”
As the number of Holocaust survivors reduces each year, it’s vital that a new generation of living witnesses are able to ensure that their stories continue to be told.”
“Indeed it’s shocking that in 2014 the people of the North West are represented in the European Parliament by Nick Griffin.
Mr Griffin became known as a Holocaust Denier, once describing the Holocaust as “the hoax of the 20th century” who in 1997 co-authored a pamphlet about Jewish conspiracies to brainwash people in Britain and was found guilty of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred.
We have the opportunity in this year’s European Elections to send a clear message that the North West is a tolerant and diverse region.”
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