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PM delivers moving Holocaust memorial speech

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Latest News | Friday January 25 2013 12:31

PM delivers moving Holocaust memorial speech

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John Key's about to sit down to lunch ahead of his big state of the nation speech in Auckland.

But this morning it was a very different occasion, as he attended an event in Epsom to mark the UN's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Newstalk ZB's Allan Lee says it was a moving event, with Mr Key speaking passionately and without notes.

He says it's personal for the Prime Minister - his mother was an Austrian Jew and was forced to leave as a result of the Nazi invasion.

"She never wanted to talk about it and he told the audience today that his mother, whenever he tried to question her about it, she would just not answer. So he's never really found out the full story of what happened to her."

Mr Lee says Mr Key also spoke about Holocaust, saying people who deny it happened can only be described as mad.

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