Gordon has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust in World War 2.
Gordon commemorated the day (27th Jan) locally by attending a special interfaith service with Blackpool Mayor Councillor Kath Rowson at the Synagogue in St Annes.
There they heard from Arek Hersh, 87, from Poland, who was just 15-years-old when he came to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He told of how he survived starvation, disease and freezing temperatures, when he spoke at the memorial service.
Gordon, also a Historian, explained: “It was a very moving experience to hear Arek talk about his time at Auschwitz. Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from across the Fylde Coast to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage people in Blackpool to show their support for such an important day.”
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is “How can life go on?”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Gordon for signing the Book of Commitment. This signals his continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which Gordon visited with pupils from Blackpool Sixth Form in 2009.