East Ren remembers the horrors of the Holocaust

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School pupils and guests marked this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with a special event at St Ninian’s High.

The Giffnock memorial, held on Monday evening, included a presentation on the ‘twisted path to Auschwitz’ by Dr David Kaufman from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a short film on Jane Haining, the southside missionary who died at the Nazi death camp.

East Renfrewshire Schools Senior String Orchestra also performed a tribute.

Provost Alastair Carmichael, who welcomed guests on the night, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day provides each of us with an opportunity to learn the lessons of the Holocaust. It is a chance to remember, but also a chance to pass the lessons of the past to the next generation.

“It is important that we don’t fall into the trap of believing that the horrors of the Holocaust started and ended with the Second World War. Genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur show us clearly that we must all be vigilant.”

The provost added: “On Holocaust Memorial Day we share the memory of the millions who have been lost in the atrocities of the past, in order to challenge hatred and persecution today.

“We all have a responsibility to make sure that we don’t see history repeat itself.”