Mr Wilson pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to honouring those murdered during the Holocaust when he signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s ‘Book of Commitment’ in Westminster.
It was therefore, fitting that Mr Wilson took a moment on Holocaust Memorial Day to visit an exhibition at County Hall telling the relatively unknown story of the Porrajmos, the gypsy Holocaust.
Organised by the Gypsy, Roma Traveller Service the exhibition, entitled ‘Porrajmos – Through the Eyes of Children’, told the harrowing and often unheard story of hundreds of thousands of gypsies who died at the hands of the Nazi’s during the Second World War.
Commenting on the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, Mr Wilson said ‘It is important that we continue to reflect on these tragic events. As the atrocities of the Holocaust moves from living history, to history we must work to ensure that these dreadful events are not forgotten.’
‘The stories of the Romany victims of Nazi persecution told during the exhibition were moving and harrowing. The Gypsy, Roma Traveller Service did a great job bringing them to light.'
'Undoubtedly, events such as this and Holocaust Memorial Day itself serve as poignant reminders of the tragic events, not just during the Second World War, but throughout history. We must remember them, honour those who died, and continue to work together to ensure similar atrocities are not repeated in the future.'