Holocaust Week: Shannon meets survivor at Westminster who had been sent to Millisle.
Strangford Jim Shannon MP for Strangford has spoken of the obligation that is on us all to remember and ensure our children know the depth that evil people can sink to if not stopped.
He said: “Every year on Holocaust Memorial Week, I am struck afresh at the depravity that people can sink to when good people stand back and do nothing. I attended an event at Westminster, as I do every year, and this year I met with a lady called Rachel Levy who was displaced and sent to a farm at Millisle.
“We had a lovely chat about her very clear memories and this again solidified my commitment to ensuring that we commemorate the Holocaust tragedy every year. This is even more important when we see how few survivors are left to tell their story, and it is essential that the story lives on as a lesson to us all. The words of Pastor Niemoeller are as relevant today as they were then:
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
“Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist
“Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
“Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.“
— (Pastor Niemoeller, Victim of the Nazis in Germany).
“It is incumbent upon us all to speak out for the oppressed and never again sit back and wring our hands at the thought of taking a stand.”