Schools join forces for Holocaust memorial

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Don’t stand by — that was the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, marked with a night of drama, singing and artwork by school pupils from East Renfrewshire and beyond.

The event took place at Eastwood Park Theatre on Friday, with Paisley Grammar pupils stepping into the spotlight for a specially-penned drama, as well as performances by East Ren Schools Senior Choir.

Youngsters from St Luke’s, Isobel Mair, Mearns Castle, Williamwood, St Ninian’s, Woodfarm and Eastwood high schools each read a statement of commitment, and pupils from Linwood High were invited to put on an art exhibition.

It’s the first time that the authority has worked with neighbouring Renfrewshire Council on Holocaust Memorial Day, and East Ren provost Alastair Carmichael welcomed all.

He commented: “Holocaust Memorial Day 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.

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

Glasgow’s Holocaust Memorial event follows today (Thursday) with primary and secondary pupils from across the city coming together to reflect through drama, song and poetry.

Guest speakers will include Inge Auerbacher, born in 1934 and one of only 100 survivors out of the 15,000 children sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia.

Mukesh Kapila, a medical doctor and international aid diplomat who is a veteran of crises in Iraq, Rwanda, Srebrenica, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, will also attend.