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Community Relations: Holocaust

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the contribution of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project to (a) community cohesion, (b) race relations, (c) faith groups relations and (d) the understanding of the Holocaust by young people; and if she will make a statement. (149285)

I believe that the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project makes an important contribution to the promotion of good relations between people from different ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds, and in particular to ensuring young people appreciate the continuing lessons of the Holocaust for our society today. This is reflected in the Government’s recent response to the all-party parliamentary inquiry into anti-semitism. The Department has contributed £20,000 to the Searchlight Educational Trust’s ‘Young Citizen’ magazine, the first issue of which contains testimonies from students who have participated in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project.