75 YEARS ON: MARION MARKS HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY BY REMEMBERING FATHER WHO AIDED SURVIVORS AT CONCENTRATION CAMP

27th January 2020

Marion Fellows, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, this week marked Holocaust Memorial Day 75 years on from the end of World War Two and the defeat of Fascism.

Mrs Fellows signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in Westminster where MPs write meaningful words pledging their commitment to remember the Holocaust and to fight racism and prejudice today. It is an opportunity for MPs to mark and commemorate the Holocaust and commit to learn its enduring lessons.

75 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, MPs are being urged to stand up and speak out against anti-Semitism in all parts of society to create a country of acceptance and equality.

Mrs Fellows’ late father, John Fullarton, served with the Royal Army Service Corps during WWII, landing on Gold Beach in the French town of Arromanches-les-Bains on D-Day+5. Her father was later part of a force which was posted to help the survivors the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen Belsen in Germany.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“On Holocaust Memorial Day, we all must stand together to remember the millions murdered by the Nazis in their brutal regime and root out Fascism in all corners of society.

“As anti-Semitism and other forms of racism are rising, we all must stand up and speak out against it to build the country of equality that we all want to live in.

“Our communities in Scotland are diverse and we have all benefited from it. From our NHS, to our cuisine, and our economy.

“I am extremely proud of the role that my father played in helping survivors at the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen Belsen. He spoke only once to me of the horrors he saw there. As generations before us proudly stood against racism and Fascism, so must we today.”