On 27th January each year Scotland holds a national Holocaust Memorial Day event to honour the memory of those who suffered and perished under the Nazi persecutions during World War II, and subsequent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia.
The day offers an opportunity to join millions of others across the world to come together to pause, to remember and to reflect on what we need to do to create a future free from the dangers of racist violence and discrimination.
Interfaith Scotland worked in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council to host the National Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative event, which took
place in Bishopbriggs on 26th January 2017.
The theme for 2017 was 'How can life go on'. The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. This year we asked people to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime. Author and survivor of the Holocaust Elie Wiesel has said:
'For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us about living.'
The key note speakers for 2017 were Saskia Tepe who is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and author of ‘Surviving Brigitte’s Secrets’, which tells of her mother’s journey after liberation and Umetesi Stewart, who is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, now living in Scotland. Saskia and Umetesi spent several days speaking to hundreds of school pupils in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh and East Renfrewshire, as well as visiting and speaking at the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre, Low Moss prison and holding workshops at a youth conference at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow. Interfaith Scotland also worked in partnership with Glasgow University to host an Interfaith Peace Service in the University Chapel on Sunday 22nd January.
You can read more about the Holocaust Memorial Day on Interfaith Scotland's blog: https://interfaithscotland.wordpress.com/
For an archive of Holocaust Memorial Day events and speakers from 2013 - 2016 please click here.
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