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MPs go to Poland

by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2008-07-28

MPs in Poland

MPs in Poland

A cross-party group of Members of Parliament have returned from a three day visit to Poland to understand better the impact of the Holocaust and what lessons can be learnt today.

The group of MPs who included Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole), Andy Love (Edmonton), and Shahid Malik (Dewsbury) were brought to the country as part of an part of an initiative set up by The Holocaust Educational Trust  (HET) and The All-Party Parliamentary Group against Anti-Semitism (PCAA).

"As Europe becomes more connected and diverse, the welfare and human rights of all minority communities should be the concern of all Parliamentarians in Europe," said John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Anti-Semitism. "There is great practise our MPs have to share with our colleagues in Poland but our refusal to not be complacent means we also have much to learn in the fight against hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism."

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, added: "The unfortunate truth is that hate and prejudice continue to persist in Europe today. Visiting Jewish sites in Poland and seeing at first hand the appalling legacy of the Holocaust provides a salutary lesson in the devastating impact that intolerance can have."