Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has warmly welcomed the decision of the Northern Ireland Executive to fund the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project in the week in which Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated.
Jonathan said: “This was one ‘Ten Commitments’ that the Board of Deputies and the Belfast Jewish Community asked from incoming Members of the Legislative Assembly at the elections in 2016 and we raised the issue in meeting with all the main parties in Northern Ireland during my visit to Stormont in February last year. In our meetings with the different parties, I was gratified at the common ground there seemed to be on this issue, despite the sometimes fractious nature of Northern Ireland politics.
“This decision demonstrates the value of the Board working together with local Jewish communities right across our family of nations and is a tribute to the tremendous importance of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s powerful project. I am delighted that school-children in Northern Ireland will now benefit from it.”