PUPILS at Queensferry High School last week took time out to remember the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.
The S3 pupils linked up with S3 pupils of Kirkcaldy High School to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, and the plan was to meet midway across the Forth Road Bridge to illustrate “Communities Together: Build a Bridge” which is the theme for the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
However, the weather put paid to the bridge meeting and, instead, the pupils of the two schools met at Queensferry High where the whole school joined in discussions about the Holocaust.
The two schools exchanged mementos – Kirkcaldy handed over a montage on canvas which the pupils created using leaflets from relief agencies and newspaper clips of atrocities across the world over the years, such as the genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia and Darfur; and Queensferry pupils handed over a memorial book which they had written and illustrated. Queensferry also presented a glass plaque to Kirkcaldy.
The event was organised by Queensferry High teacher Maureen Codner who is international education co-ordinator.
Roberta Atherton, outreach officer with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “It’s great that students are hearing about the importance of remembrance, and also learning from the past from their contemporaries. It is brilliant that these two schools had planned to literally cross a bridge in a show of solidarity.”
Although the bridge crossing had to be abandoned, the sentiment of the occasion was still there and the pupils’ exchange of works produced and discussions on what they had learned about the Holocaust was poignant and educational.