Holocaust Memorial Day which took place on 27th of January was recognised in the Western Isles with a series of events.
This included exhibits from the Heartstone’s Testimony collection, the Gaelic Arts Agency, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Aberdeen City Council, BASW, Getty Images, Historic Scotland, Amnesty International and the Scottish Museum shown during an Exhibition in An Lanntair which will run until 2nd of February.
Following the Exhibition in Stornoway some of the images will then form part of a smaller satellite exhibition that will travel throughout Scotland. The first public viewing on the mainland will be at the Scottish Parliament on March 18th and will be hosted by the Equal Opportunities Committee. The Committee is currently undertaking an Inquiry into Scottish Gypsy Traveller, a reminder that prejudice and injustices are still a part of the modern world, even in Scotland.
Holocaust Memorial day also saw a Book of Commitment available for MSP’s to sign in the Scottish Parliament.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, commented: “I was pleased to have the opportunity of signing the Book of Commitment, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust in Parliament this week, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day events.
“Just over a year ago, I was privileged to travel with the Holocaust Educational Trust to Auschwitz and witness first-hand one of the settings of these atrocities.
“That experience has convinced me more than ever that holocaust memorial day has a vital role to play in ensuring the events of the past are never repeated.”