Today I attended a ceremony in the European Parliament to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The message for this year is 'Keep the memory alive'.
It has been 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where it is estimated that more than one million people lost their lives. As time passes, the number of survivors still with us dwindles but it is important that we do not forget their stories of the horror they were forced to live through.
Europe today is so far removed from that of 70 years ago that it is hard for us to imagine how these atrocities could be committed. The European Union has played a pivotal part in making sure that the conflicts between European nations seen in the Second World War is now inconceivable. The European Union has brought stability, peace and unity to the continent, and this was recognised when, in 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the EU.
However, the recent tragic events in Paris remind us again that anti-Semitic violence is not something we can consign to the history books. It is important to remember how far we've come in the last 70 years, but let us also not forget that there is still work that must be done to combat prejudice and discrimination wherever we find it, so we can truly say never again.
There are a number of events going on across the South East to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. To find out what's taking place in your area, click here.