For Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, students from schools in Glasgow gathered in Glasgow City Chambers for a ceremony which commemorated victims and honoured survivors through music, poetry and art to great acclaim.
Bringing together over 400 pupils from a variety of schools all over Glasgow ‘is a big undertaking’ says organizer Alison Logan. ‘However when you see the impact on the day and the lasting legacy of our Holocaust education work, it is well worth all of the hard work and effort’.
The pupils listened to Saskia Tepe telling her mother’s story of persecution and courage, as she escaped from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia and Germany. Umutesi Stewart shared her story of fleeing the Genocide in Rwanda with her young sisters and brother; 40 members of their family lost their lives in the violence which saw one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus murdered. Umutesi has now settled in Scotland and inspired the audience by talking of forgiveness and how she has found happiness.
Pupils from Lochend Community High School performed a powerful drama called These are my shoes highlighting the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Sophie Thomson and Yusuf Mohamud from St Roch’s Secondary School presented on their recent visit to Auschwitz.
Pupils from St Thomas’ Primary School remembered the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur and Glasgow Schools Strings Orchestra and the Senior Voice Ensemble from Smithycroft Secondary School contributed musical pieces.