Edinburgh hosts moving exhibition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

The Central Library will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day this year with a special exhibition that remembers the life of holocaust survivor Ernest Levy.

Photographs and text from the Ernest Levy Archive will be on display in the library from January 23rd to March 15th and will present the story of his life.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Monday 23 January by Councillor Deidre Brock at 5.30pm for 6.00pm at the Mezzanine, Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

The start of the exhibition coincides with Holocaust Memorial Day that will be held on Friday 27 January. The day marks an international day of remembrance for the victims and survivors of the holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "We are delighted and deeply honoured that the Ernest Levy Archive has been gifted to Edinburgh City Libraries and this exhibit will be the first time that any part of the collection has ever been on display.

"Ernest Levy used the horrors of his own experience as a force for good to encourage tolerance and respect of others. Telling the story of his life through the collection will be a fitting way to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day."

Ernest Levy survived the holocaust and after the war settled in Scotland. He went on to speak out about his experiences, knowing that his testimony would help future generations remember this terrible time in history.

The Archive brings together a large collection of books, manuscripts and music that tell the story of his experiences and promote the positive message of tolerance and respect that he promoted throughout his life.

The Central Library has a great many historic collections, as well as up-to-date reading material. These collections focus on Edinburgh, the nation of Scotland and Scots abroad. The library is a safe repository for donations of important documents and images and a place where these items can be made available to the public. One such collection is the Ernest Levy Archive which was gifted to the library in 2010 by his daughter Judy Russell.

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