Last week I spoke at my old High school. Not exactly the same building - that was raised to the ground a couple of years ago - but the new incarnation a few yards away.
The event was part of the Speak out Speak up Holocaust memorial project run across four schools in the area. As well as an exhibition, which is travelling the Western Edinburgh area and will be at the Drum Brae Library in a few weeks, there will also be a talk by one of the survivors of Auschwitz.
To begin the project a very powerful play was performed by the students at the school focusing on the run up to war, what happened and the lessons we can learn.
The spectre of intolerance and racism are omnipresent in this day and age. In times of economic down turn these forces play on peoples insecurities to poison our society.
The Speak out Speak up project is excellent and I would recommend anyone to come and see the exhibition when it goes to the new Library in a few weeks.