Boris Johnson has written, to mark the Holocaust, of how “it is so important that those of us who remain continue to remember.”
Writing in the Jewish News, the Prime Minister warned against Holocaust denial: “Because even though the Shoah was a crime so unprecedented it required the creation of a new word – genocide – simply to describe it, its perpetrators wished for it to be left unnoticed by the history books. Despite their enthusiastic participation in the slaughter, they didn’t want the world to know what they had done. They wanted us to forget.
“Today, a growing number of antisemites seek to continue that dismal work. They downplay the scale of the killing, draw false equivalence with the contemporary world, even outright deny that what happened, happened. We cannot let them gain a foothold. Because if we allow the likes of Buchenwald, Belsen and Babi Yar to become simply obscure names on a map, we not only betray the memory of those who died there.”
Mr Johnson reassured readers that “as long as I am prime minister, I will never allow this country to forget what happened 75 years ago. I will do all I can to see that we continue to learn the lessons of the past.”
He also declared that “the government I lead will stand with you and fight alongside you so that the darkest of nights is never again allowed to fall upon the Jews of the world.
“We owe those incredible survivors nothing less.”