Pupils across East Dunbartonshire Council remember the Holocaust

The atrocities of the Holocaust will be the topic of a presentation by Bearsden Academy pupils on Holocaust Memorial Day - Tuesday, January 27.

Douglas Academy in Milngavie will be holding its annual Holocaust Memorial Day event for S1 pupils.

This involves them spending the morning working across a number of curriculum areas and culminates in pupils writing their own personal reflections on what they have learned about the Holocaust.

Kirkintilloch High School is hosting a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council the same day. Invited guests from the council and the East Dunbartonshire Equality Engagement Group will join the school community in remembrance of victims of genocide around the world.

Fifth and sixth year pupils at Turnbull High School, Bishopbriggs, will hear from Holocaust survivor Joanne Milan at a special assembly. She will speak to the students about her experience and then take questions from them.

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated internationally on 27 January each year. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the day in 1945 on which the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Therefore it is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.

“Those who have no direct experience to recall are asked to remember those who were murdered and to honour the survivors.

“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.”

This year’s programme also includes art, drama and music performed by pupils from different groups across the school. All libraries in East Dunbartonshire will also have a display of relevant books and material while some will also be running a presentation supplied by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Further information about Holocaust Memorial Day can be found by visiting www.hmd.org.uk