Award for Brown
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-09-20
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has received a special award to recognise his commitment to Holocaust education in the UK.
The award from the Holocaust Educational Trust at its annual fundraising dinner in London follows funding the Treasury has given in recent years to educating people about the Holocaust which includes a £1.5m project that will see over 6,000 students, two from every secondary school and further education college to go to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.
"Giving the Holocaust Educational Trust £1.5 million to help take two students from every secondary school in the country to visit Auschwitz is important to the understanding of the great crimes that took place and important to show that we will never let hatred and prejudice go unchallenged," said Mr Brown.
Mr Brown also spoke of his concern from the recent rise in anti-Semitism: "We must never forget the lessons of the Holocaust, to do nothing is never enough, we must not stand by, we must never turn our eyes away, we must always have the courage to act. Antisemitism has no place in modern Britain and we will work with you to do what is necessary to stamp it out.'
The Holocaust Educational Trust expressed its thanks to Mr Brown. "The Treasurys pledge demonstrates the faith that the Government has in the Holocaust Educational Trust to deliver this groundbreaking programme," said Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust. "We are hugely grateful for the Chancellors leadership in this initiative, and hope this vital support will continue in the years to come."