Actress Helena Bonham Carter, broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky and United Kingdom Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis are among those chosen to sit on a Commission on the Holocaust that was announced on Monday by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The commission is tasked with investigating "what more needs to be done to ensure Britain has a permanent and fitting memorial and the educational resources needed for generations to come," The Telegraph newspaper reported.
Britain must build a lasting memorial to the Holocaust to avoid the “real danger” of the mass killing of the Jews being forgotten by future generations, Cameron said, in announcing the establishment of the commission.
The Commission, which will be chaired by Mick Davis of The Jewish Leadership Council, is due to report its findings to the government in time for the 70th anniversary of the British liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April next year.
"Our task is to recommend, in addition to what is already done in the United Kingdom, the appropriate way for it to be commemorated so that the memory and lessons of the Holocaust remain central and relevant for future generations," Davis said.
“I urge everyone to share their views on this important issue by responding to the call for evidence.”
Helena Bonham Carter, whose grandfather Eduardo Propper de Callejon was posthumously recognized for his role in saving hundreds of Jews during World War II, said: “I am very honored to be asked to join this commission and do so in particular memory of those members of my family who died in the Holocaust and as an inherited responsibility to my grandfather who made a significant personal sacrifice to save hundreds of lives.
“It is our generations' legacy to create a living memory that will survive the survivors and forever remind future generations of the inhumanity man is capable of committing to its own kind.”
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