TIME FOR REFLECTION: HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:29
Today saw two pupils from Braes High School, Jessica Reid and Callum Docherty, lead Time for Reflection in Parliament. These two young people have been part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s “Lessons from Auschwitz” project and were given the opportunity to visit the concentration camps in Poland, in order to learn what happened, why it happened, and what can and must be done to prevent this from ever happening again.
Their words, in preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, have never been more poignant, nor have they been more significant as we remember the actions and principles of those in the past which should never be allowed to darken society again.
I was proud to have met Jessica and Callum and listen to their reflections on the lessons they have learned as part of this project. I will strive to continue to pass on these lessons to ensure that the horrors of the past will never be repeated in the future.
In preparation of today's Time for Reflection I submitted a motion to Parliament, which garnered cross party support:
That the Parliament commends Braes High School pupils, Jessica Reid and Callum Docherty, for taking part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project; understands that the project has been running since 1999 and has seen over 30,000 students and teachers take part; acknowledges that the project includes hearing at first-hand from a Holocaust survivor, visiting Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau, and seminars before and after visiting in order to provide knowledge about the Holocaust and what can happen if prejudice, racism and intolerance become acceptable; recognises the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on 27 January 2017, in helping to remember why everyone should continue to tackle racism and intolerance; anticipates Time for Reflection in the Parliament on 24 January, which will be led by Jessica and Callum in preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day, and sends its best wishes to them for the day and for their future.
Supported by: Gail Ross, Jeremy Balfour, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, James Dornan, Ruth Maguire, Mairi Evans, Colin Beattie, John Mason, Alison Harris, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Ivan McKee, Tom Arthur, David Torrance, Graeme Dey, Emma Harper, Gil Paterson, Sandra White, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin