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HUNDREDS of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides joined public figures to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day this week, 73 years on from the horrors of the nazi genocide.
Politicians of all parties offered tributes, with Prime Minister Theresa May saying: “We must never forget where prejudice can lead” and the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon adding: “Hate is not inevitable. We must never again allow it to flourish.”
“Your legacy is our eternal commitment,” chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told survivors.
And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We should never forget the millions who died, the millions displaced and the cruel hurt their descendants have suffered.
“We should understand the way fascism arose in Germany and the circumstances that gave space for the nazis to grow.”
Mr Corbyn’s office later rejected claims by the Campaign Against Antisemitism that he failed to explicitly mention Jews, insisting that his full address did so and that his implied reference to Jewish victims in an abridged version was clear.
A source added that neither Ms May nor Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable had referred to Jews specifically.
Left-wing Jewish voices slammed the misuse of the Holocaust to attack Mr Corbyn, with writer David Rosenberg calling the allegations “vindictive” and “a complete non-story.”
He added: “Next Monday, Jeremy will attend Islington’s Holocaust memorial event as he always does. He always refers to what the nazis did to the Jews as the greatest crime in history.”
The theme of this year’s Memorial Day is “the power of words,” exploring how language can be used to do good or evil.
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