Medal commemorates end of Holocaust


Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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George Osborne has unveiled a medal to commemorate the end of the Holocaust – and announced that the Government will continue to fund school visits to Auschwitz.

The Chancellor handed out some of the limited edition medals – which will be available from the Royal Mint – at a special reception in 11 Downing Street last night.

Designed with the help of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the Holocaust Educational Trust, they feature the words “Liberation 1945” breaking through barbed wire.

The reverse side refers to the British 11th Armoured Division, which liberated Belsen, with the eternal flame symbol.

Mr Osborne told the gathering of survivors and supporters: “Here we stand in Downing Street in tribute to fight against Nazism. In tribute to the millions who died. In tribute to the brave survivors. In tribute to the liberators.

“And by our very standing in this place – you the survivors, you the liberators, you the people who keep the memory alive, and me and my colleagues, the democratic representatives of a free nation.

“By our very standing we symbolise that freedom won and tyranny lost. And we restate our determination that freedom will always triumph.”

The Chancellor said the Government would continue funding the Lessons from Auschwitz project with about £1.85 million a year in the next parliament.

Some 25,000 young people and teachers have visited Auschwitz under the scheme so far.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are delighted that the Chancellor has announced the commissioning of a special commemorative medal to mark 70 years since the end of the Holocaust.

“This will mean a great deal to the Holocaust survivors who rebuilt their lives in Britain after losing their homes, families and communities at the hands of the Nazis. The commemorative medal is a perfect tribute for this significant anniversary year.”

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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