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Holocaust remembered

A Fife secondary ran a series of poignant assemblies last week to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, led by pupils who had visited the Auschwitz concentration camp.

In November, S6 pupils Deidre Mitchell and Gavin Scott from Queen Anne High in Dunfermline, visited the death camp near Krakow in Poland, as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project, funded by the UK Government and run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

They shared their experiences with fellow pupils in a number of presentations put together to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

Gavin was struck by the sheer size of the camp and struggled to comprehend how the slaughter was allowed to happen. "The shamefulness of the international community failing to act was what struck me," he said. "In the assemblies, I have pointed out that genocide continues to happen today, the most obvious example being Rwanda, where once again the international community failed to act.

"The point we ended on - and left other pupils with - is that the Holocaust could happen again and it's our responsibility to make sure it doesn't."

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