Learning lessons from the dark days of the holocaust

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East Dunbartonshire Council will once be marking Holocaust Memorial Day later this week with a number of activities in secondary schools.

The event, which the council has been marking since 2007, provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur - applying them to the present day to create a safer, better future.

This year Douglas Academy, in Milngavie, will host a Holocaust Memorial Day Assembly on Friday, January 29.

Invited guests from the council and the East Dunbartonshire Equality Engagement Group will join the school community in remembrance of victims of genocidal atrocities around the world.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This is an important commemoration event for East Dunbartonshire Council each year and brings the issues of anti-discrimination and equality to life for pupils. It reminds us how important it is to confront all forms of hatred and discrimination.

“The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is ‘Don’t stand by’. The theme will ask everyone to consider their personal responsibility and not to be a bystander to persecution and genocide.

“It’s also a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered, or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition, during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.”