High school pupils to host Holocaust Memorial Day assembly

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A Holocaust Memorial Day assembly will be held at Kirkinitlloch High School next Tuesday, January 27.

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

Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated internationally on January 27 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.

East Dunbartonshire 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.”

The Kirkintillcoh school is hosting the event on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council.

Eddie Muir, head teacher at Kirkintilloch High, said: “Once again, I am delighted that our work on Holocaust Education is being recognised.

“This assembly is the culmination of a fuller programme of Holocaust Education in which our pupils are engaged and which complements our respect agenda.”

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.

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/