MSP honours memory of persecuted Jews who sought refuge in Scotland

Joan McAlpine MSP today marked Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a book of condolences at a new mobile exhibition which will take survivor testimonies into communities and classrooms across Scotland.

 

The exhibition, which is part of the “Gathering the Voices” project, brings together oral and written testimony from men and women who sought refuge in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe.  

 

The MSP commented:

 

“I was honoured to hear some of the stories of those who fled to Scotland to escape the horrors of Nazism.  

 

“Some came on the Kindertransport, while others had survived concentration camps.”

 

The MSP highlighted the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day.

 

Ms McAlpine said:

 

“Today marks seventy one years since Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated.

 

“It is imperative we remember the history of the persecution suffered by people under the Nazis.  But it is also vital we recognise the enormous contribution to public life made by these men and women once they had reached their new homes in Scotland.

 

“The Gathering the Voices project seeks to do just that: keep these important memories alive and pay tribute to the ongoing successes of the ‘new Scots’.”

 

Picture: Joan McAlpine MSP with Steven and Hilary Anson of the Gathering the Voices Association

 

More information about The Gathering the Voices project is online at www.gatheringthevoices.com

 

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