Commission role for Bonham Carter
2:23pm Monday 27th January 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Helena Bonham Carter will sit on a commission examining ways to remember and learn about the Holocaust, Downing Street has announced.
The commission, set up by David Cameron, will ensure there is a "permanent and fitting memorial" to victims of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis and appropriate resources so future generations can be taught about the horrors of the concentration camps. Other members of the Holocaust Commission include broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky, chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and senior politicians from all three main Westminster parties and leading business figures.
Helena's grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejon, was posthumously recognised for his role in saving hundreds of Jews during the Second World War.
The actress said: "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.
"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."
Helena and Natasha, who lost family members in the Slonim ghetto in Belarus, are joined on the commission by Education Secretary Michael Gove, Liberal Democrat minister Simon Hughes and shadow chancellor Ed Balls.
This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.