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Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates victims of genocide

Inge Auerbacher Image copyright Falkirk Council
Image caption Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher was one of the speakers at the event

Victims of Nazi persecution during World War Two have been honoured at this year's Holocaust Memorial Day event in Falkirk.

Falkirk Town Hall hosted the commemorative event, which is held on 27 January every year.

The annual event also remembers those who have suffered in subsequent genocides.

Inge Auerbacher, a survivor of the Terezin concentration camp, was one of 600 invited guests.

Ms Auerbacher and Professor Mukesh Kapila, the former head of the UN in Sudan who spoke out against the genocide in Darfur, both shared their experiences at the event.

'Don't stand by'

The theme of this year's event is Don't Stand By.

Mr Kapila said: "I want to challenge the Scots not to be careless with what they have, and not to be complacent in the face of unfairness and injustice.

"We know to our collective cost what can happen when good people stand by because they can't be bothered to stand up."

Drawings by childhood survivors of the genocide in Darfur, which were used as evidence in the International Criminal Court, are on display as part of the memorial.

'Reflect and remember'

Falkirk Council's Provost Pat Reid said: "It's a real privilege to be invited to host the national event which will build on the success of our own local events in recent years.

"It's a time to pause, reflect and remember the millions of people who have been directly or indirectly affected by discrimination and in the very worst cases, genocide.

"But it is also a time to learn from the past and do our best to work together to prevent all forms of discrimination, and in doing so have a more tolerant society."

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