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Lunn says lessons of Holocaust Memorial Day more relevant than ever

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has said the lessons taught by Holocaust Memorial Day are more relevant than ever, ahead of the annual commemoration.

Mr Lunn was speaking ahead of attending this year's memorial event at City Hall. The 2019 theme is 'Torn from Home,' which encourages people to reflect on how the loss of safe places is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.

"Holocaust Memorial Day is a vital tool for people to both remember the horrors perpetrated in the past and also work to ensure we never have the circumstances where they can be repeated again," he said.

"This year's theme of Torn from Home is particularly important, given what we are seeing around the world with many refugees. People who are suffering and in some cases dying to flee persecution, who have to live camps as their home, and are subject to dehumanising language and actions by others.

"Although the events of the Holocaust may seem long ago, intolerance needs to be challenged at every turn. I would encourage everyone to mark this day in the ongoing fight against prejudice."