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Published 28 January 2019

A flag to honour the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust is flying in West Dunbartonshire.

Provost William Hendrie raised the Holocaust Memorial flag at Solidarity Plaza in Clydebank as part of a special ceremony on Friday.

He was joined by elected members and third year pupils from Clydebank High School, Rachel McGraw, Lucy Wallace and Sophie Holley, who undertook readings.

Lucy read the memoir of Renee Bornstein, a child forced to flee her home and go into hiding, Rachel read the poem Auschwitz by Charles N Whittaker, and Sophie read the Holocaust Memorial Prayer.

Provost Hendrie said: “This year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s theme was ‘Torn from home’. 

“The enforced loss of a safe place called home is part of the trauma faced by those who experience persecution and genocide. 

“Six million Jewish men, women and children were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust of World War II.

“Honouring those people, and the survivors who were left with lifelong nightmares and trauma, is a small act of unity and ensures we will never forget this atrocity.

“I would like to thank the three superb speakers from Clydebank High School for their poignant readings - they are a credit to West Dunbartonshire.”

Events were held around the world on Sunday January 27 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.