Holocaust survivors take centre stage in the Capital

Anna Flachova was guest of honour when Edinburgh's Lord Provost attended a Holocaust Memorial Day event this week, while the Central Library proudly launched the Ernest Levy Archive.

Ms Flachova, who cares passionately about the need to speak up and speak out about what happened in the Holocaust, was the principal guest speaker at the commemorative event at Portobello High School.

Reflecting on her own experience and on the many friends she lost during the Holocaust, she said: "I see it as my duty to tell people about them [fellow victims] and our experiences in the Holocaust. This time should never be forgotten, let alone denied."

Lord Provost George Grubb said: "Living in a city such as Edinburgh which prides itself on its long-forged reputation as a place of security, tolerance and openness, we must make sure we do not lose sight of the horrors still sadly perpetrated against our fellow human beings in other parts of the world. Holocaust Memorial Day is a poignant annual reminder of the evils mankind is capable of - it is only by coming to terms with our history that we as a race can avoid making the same mistakes again in future."

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, which went on display at the Central Library earlier this week, 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. 

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 is a fitting way to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day."


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