The government has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with the announcement it will be giving £1m to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

The news coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, on 27 January 1945.

Ministers said the money would be used to assist with the preservation and maintenance of the remains of the camp and to help ensure the events of the Holocaust are not forgotten.

Making the announcement, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I remember as a young boy the regular heart-rending laments by my grandmother for the family lost to Auschwitz and the other death camps.

“The government is supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, because we must never forget history’s darkest moment, and we must educate future generations so it can never be repeated.”

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added: “As the father of children whose great-grandparents endured and survived the concentration camps of the Holocaust, I know how important it is that future generations are aware of the stories of survivors.

“This donation will help to support the preservation of the site so that we can never forget the horror of the Holocaust. We cannot, and will not, let such evil happen again.”