b'WESTERN MARBLE ARCH SYNAGOGUEThe Ambassadors Office Embassy of Israel LondonMessage from HE Mark Regev, Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St Jamess For me as Ambassador, Holocaust Memorial Day is something immensely personal. My late father Martin was born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1931. His family tried to leave Europe before the outbreak of the war, but exit papers were difficult to come by, and in the end arrived too late. Only because of exceptional circumstances did they manage to survive. Millions of others were not so fortunate, remaining trapped in Europe, and ultimately becoming victim to the Nazis programme of systematic, state-orchestrated mass-murder. Countries around the world shamefully closed their doors, and even though Britains Kindertransport saved 10,000 lives, it was ultimately just a drop in the bucket.As we reflect on those terrible years, it is also important that we consider the changes that have taken place since. The most profound change of all is that of 1948, when we re-established sovereignty in our homeland. In Israel, we gained not just a refuge, but a place where our people could live in freedom and security, and defend ourselves by ourselves.We must never forget the horrors that we went through, we should never forget that our people were once stateless refugees fleeing genocide, and we will never forget what a difference the State of Israel has made. Out of the deepest darkness, our people found light and built new lives for themselves.That is why, as we remember the Six Million, we stand with the survivors and renew our pledge to protect and preserve their memories for future generations. They are an inspiration to us all, just as the Jewish states vitality is a powerful reminder of our commitment that, when we say never again, we mean never again.Mark Regev Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St Jamess 2 Palace Green, London, W8 4QB 4'