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Scotland remembers the Holocaust

A speech at the Scottish Parliament by a survivor of Auschwitz is the highlight of Holocaust Memorial Day.

A concentration camp survivor has told her story of survival to the Scottish Parliament to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, Eva Schloss – Anne Frank's step sister - described her traumatic experiences to an invited audience including members of the Jewish community,school children, politicians and religious representatives.

"To share this story with thousands of people all over the world is very important," she said.

"Especially today, Holocaust Memorial Day, we have to remember the atrocities that happened - that innocent people who never did any harm were murdered.

"And as long as the spirit is alive, as long as we remember them, they haven't died for nothing."

Ms Schloss, who survived Auschwitz, was speaking after the performance of a play which dramatises events of the Holocaust.

The 79-year-old, whose mother married Anne Frank's father after the war, called on young people to stand up to hatred.

Among the audience were four school pupils from Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh, who presented Ms Schloss with flowers after the play.

Head girl Niloo-Far Khan, 17, said: "It was an excellent play, and important to watch because racism is still an issue that needs to be brought to audiences."

The play, run by the Blue Sky Network and involving young actors, is due to go to Haifa in Israel with a cast of mixed Jewish and Muslim children.

It is based on the Ms Schloss' autobiography, Eva's Story, which was published in 1988.

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