On Wednesday 24 January Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Chair of Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network attended the National Commemorative event for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2018 in Glasgow. Organised by Interfaith Scotland, guests heard speeches from First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, the Lord Provost of Glasgow and the Chair of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Laura Marks OBE.
There was also an exhibition about the Russian city of Rostov on Don which is twinned with Glasgow. It is estimated that between 15,000 and 30,000 Jews from Rostov on Don were massacred between 1942 and 1943. The former Chief Rabbi of Israel and survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp, Rabbi Lau, spoke about the story of Rostov on Don. Aged 7, Rabbi Lau (Lulek at the time) was kept alive by a young boy from Rostov on Don.
Ravinder Kaur said ‘Words are extremely powerful. They have the power to unite or divide, they can cause conflict or forgive and bring about peace. We need to use words to unite people and not divide. How do you use them?”