Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's message to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
"Last week, I was privileged to sit down and talk to one of the bravest, most
remarkable people I’ve ever met – Zigi Shipper.
Zigi was just 11 years old when he first escaped deportation from the Lodz
ghetto where he’d been living with his paternal grandparents. When the ghetto
was liquidated in 1944, Zigi and his grandmother were rounded up and taken to
Auschwitz-Birkenau. His grandfather had already died of starvation.
By the time he was just 16, Zigi had witnessed and experienced unimaginable
horrors. But, despite it all, his story is one of true courage and hope. As a
Holocaust survivor, Zigi has dedicated his time to ensuring that the millions
of Jewish people who were persecuted and killed by the Nazi regime are never
Now 85, Zigi travels to schools to tell children and young people across the
country his story. I met him with two dedicated, young Ambassadors of the
Holocaust Educational Trust, who took part in a visit I made to Auschwitz-
Birkenau in 2012.
Learning about the Holocaust is not just a history lesson. It is one of the most
powerful antidotes we have to anti-Semitism and extremism whenever and
wherever it may occur. And we all have a responsibility to ensure that the
testimonies of Zigi and other survivors of the Holocaust continue to be told for
generations to come.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 70th anniversary of the
liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and twenty years since the Genocide in
So, on this day and in the weeks, months and years that follow, please take
a moment to remember the victims of the Holocaust and all subsequent
genocides. Together, we can honour their memory in the best way possible;
fighting hatred and ensuring their voices live on."