City event marks Holocaust Memorial Day

A special commemorative event is to be held on Thursday (24 January) at Broughton High School to mark international Holocaust Memorial Day - organised with Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association.

A number of guest speakers will be attending for a special evening of music, dance and poetry that will be held to commemorate the impact of the atrocities committed not only during the Holocaust but since.

The award winning musician and Rwandan genocide survivor, Jean Paul Samputu, who runs the Samputu forgiveness Campaign, will be performing some of his songs as well as relaying his life changing experiences that occurred in his home nation.

Other speakers will include Sello Hatang from the Nelson Mandela foundation, who will be accampanied by other members of Edinburgh's Jewish community.

Pupils of all ages from Broughton High School will be performing readings, dance pieces, music recitals and short dramatic sketches throughout the night.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "It's vital that we never forget the horrors experienced by so many people both during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. I very much hope that we can all continue to work together to eradicate persecution from our society.

"This event is a special way to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and having the chance to hear from people with first hand experience of such atrocities will be undoubtedly a very moving and humbling experience."

Broughton High School head teacher, John Wilson, said; "It is a privilege for  Broughton High School  to host this event and to be working in partnership with City of  Edinburgh Council  and Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association. This is a real opportunity for us as a school to underline our commitment to addressing prejudice and discrimination at all levels.

"Senior pupils at  Broughton High School  and the Inter Faith organisation have planned what will be a remarkable and memorable event held within our community."

Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27 January is run by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust - a charity which works to raise awareness of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides to provide an opportunity to learn the lesson and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.

The Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association was officially formed in 1989 to promote and facilitate positive engagement between the faith communities of our religiously and culturally diverse city. The EIFA is now considered one of the most experienced and developed Inter-Faith bodies in the U.K.

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