Deeside pupils mark yearly Holocaust day

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Pupils across Deeside prepared projects and organised assemblies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday of this week.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked annually in the UK and a number of other countries each January 27.

It gives everyone the opportunity to pause to remember the millions of people who died or whose lives were changed beyond recognition as a result of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides around the world.

Assemblies were held at academies in Banchory, Aboyne, Turriff, Mintlaw, Fraserburgh, Banff, Stonehaven and Inverurie.

Pupils at Mearns, Meldrum and Kemnay academies as well as The Gordon Schools also worked on a number of projects in their RMPS classes.

As well as events at schools, a range of displays including photos of drama work, monologues, survivor stories and quotes from pupils involved were exhibited at some of Aberdeenshire Council’s offices.

Council employees were able to view these exhibitions at Woodhill House, Gordon House, St Leornard’s, Banff and the Buchan Area Office .

Last week, local MP Sir Robert Smith signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment and in doing so pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sir Robert said: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten.”

Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “As we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps in 2015, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the

Holocaust.”