I've Just received this email:
date:17 May 2015 at 9:54
subject: FW: Holocaust Day
Good morning Maurice
Hope all is well and family are in good spirits. Keeping up to date with you and yours on your Facebook and love your Blog.
Just a question about National Holocaust Day. Is this a Jewish Holiday or are other genocides included.
Are you coming to Dublin shortly? If so lets meet up again in La Stampa now called The Dawson.
Look forward to your reply
I wrote a short email to LM and told him I would post my reply on my Blog. So here it is:
Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a national commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It was first held in January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945, the date also chosen for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and some other national Holocaust Memorial Days.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is 'Keep the memory alive'.
Between 2001 and 2007, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) expressed its unwillingness to attend the ceremony.
On 3 December 2007, the MCB voted to end the boycott. Assistant General Secretary Inayat Bunglawala argued it was 'inadvertently' causing hurt to some in the Jewish community' They eventually voted to send a representative, Dr Shuja Shafi, to attend the event in London.