Holocaust envoy role for ex-ambassador

A FORMER UK ambassador to Israel has been named the government's first ever envoy for post-Holocaust issues.

Announcing the appointment of Sir Andrew Burns, Foreign Secretary William Hague said that part of the envoy's job would be to "make sure that the lessons of this terrible period in our history are never forgotten".

Sir Andrew will drive forward implementation of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on the restitution of looted Holocaust-era assets.

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He will also ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of education, remembrance and research on the massacre of Jews and others by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Mr Hague said: "The UK is determined to preserve the memory of the Holocaust for future generations."