Publication Date: 28th January 2014
HELENA BONHAM CARTER has been enlisted to join a new commission which aims to ensure that future generations can learn from the atrocities of the Holocaust.
The government initiative will ensure that there is a “permanent and fitting memorial” for those who died at the hands of the Nazis, and has promised that future generations will have resources to teach about the horrors of the concentration camps. Bonham Carter’s grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejon, was a Spanish diplomat, who helped rescue thousands of Jews from occupied France during World War II.
“I am very honoured 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,” Bonham Carter said. “It is our generation’s 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.”
Prime minister David Cameron announced the initiative at a survivors’ reception held to honour Holocaust Memorial Day, which took place on the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.