Senior pupils at Boclair Academy in Bearsden, who visited Auschwitz last year, spoke about their experience at the camp and Krakow cemeteries at a special assembly recently.
They also led a commemorative ceremony and planted a symbolic tree within the school grounds and pupils created a commemorative wall of remembrance (above).
S3 pupils learned about “the first holocaust” or “the Kaiser’s Holocaust”, in which 60,000 Africans were killed in the deserts of modern Namibia. They also researched the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I - the Armenian Genocide. Many pupils were particularly struck by a chilling quote from Adolf Hitler in 1939: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme was ‘Keep the Memory Alive.’ Pupils studied the WWII Holocaust (11 million killed) and watched a ‘Nazi Atrocities’ documentary film before looking at the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.