Holocaust Memorial Day 2012: ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’

January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Source: Scottish Inter Faith Council

Every year Scotland holds a national Holocaust Memorial Day to honour the memory of those who suffered and perished under the Nazi persecutions during World War II, and subsequent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.  It 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.

This year, the Scottish Inter Faith Council has been delighted to work with Dundee City Council, The Scottish Government, The Anne Frank Trust UK and The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to host the National Scottish Memorial Event for 2012 in the Caird Hall, Dundee on 26th January.  Highlights of the 2012 Holocaust event include a key note address from Rabbi Bent Melchior, an international, award winning peace activist from Denmark, along with Holocaust Survivor George Brady whose amazing story has been told around the world in the book and film ‘Inside Hana’s Suitcase’. 

The film ‘Inside Hana’s Suitcase’ was shown at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on 23rd January. George Brady, along with his daughter Lara, Film Director Larry Weinstein and Fumiko Ishioka who set up a Holocaust museum in Tokyo, engaged in a moving Q&A with the audience after the show.  George, Larry and Fumiko will be engaging with audiences across Scotland including speaking at a primary school in Broughty Ferry where their interaction with the school children will go out to schools in Scotland via ‘Glow Meet’.

For an article with more details about George and Fumiko’s story and their visit to Scotland please click here.

Some of the other activities organised by the Scottish Inter Faith Council for Holocaust Memorial Day include:

  • 2000 primary school children will attend a special morning memorial event in the Caird Hall, Dundee
  • 700 secondary school children and adults will attend the main evening memorial event in the Caird Hall, Dundee
  • A civic reception for 200 invited guests will be hosted by the Lord Provost of Dundee
  • The Anne Frank Exhibition will be on display for a week in Dundee
  • Glasgow will host a school event in the City Chambers with George Brady and family as key guests

For further information please contact Maureen Sier.

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