Holocaust Memorial Event

On Thursday 26th January, Kirkintilloch High school sixth year pupils Aimee Law and Matthew Anderson met Cabinet Secretary for Education and Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP at East Dunbartonshire’s Holocaust Memorial Event, held at Bishopbriggs Academy. Mr Swinney asked the two S6 pupils about their recent trip to Auschwitz with the ‘Lessons from the Holocaust’ programme. Aimee and Matthew were able to talk extensively about their experiences in Poland as well as their roles as ‘Lessons from the Holocaust’ Ambassadors within their school.

After the event, Aimee said that “hearing the impact that the Holocaust and genocides had on the speakers’ lives really brought home the importance of challenging and preventing bullying, racism, xenophobia and homophobia in today’s society”. Matthew felt that “the speakers’ testimonies had a powerful emotional impact. When visiting the site of genocide, you see the historical and cultural effect of the event. However, hearing a speaker’s testimony provides an emotional context about how these crimes affect lives long after they’ve been committed. In the future I hope that these public events can help to prevent hate crimes and intolerance of all forms.”

Holocaust

S6 pupil Stuart Fleming was chosen to represent the LGBT+ community by lighting a candle to commemorate those members of the LGBT+ community who lost their lives during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. He said “it is one thing to read about the numbers of lives lost but to hear individual stories really brings the impact of the Holocaust home to me”.

Stuart