98: Holocaust Day

Attended a splendid exhibition on Anne Frank put on by North Berwick High School. Knowing a fair amount of the history involved, I thought myself prepared for the tragic story of this all-too-brief life, the fate of her family and the irony that she survived to within days of liberation by the Americans.

But I was not prepared for earnest young guides interpreting each panel for me with a knowledge that shamed what little I had known when in S2 myself. Deeply touched by Harry Bibling’s riveting first-hand account of life in Vienna’s Sixth District under the Nazis, the aphorism “those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it” ran through my mind until I realised my young guides had not only learned but had also taught me.

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Local councillor, tour guide and database designer. Keen on wildlife, history, boats and music. Stood for the Scottish Parliament 2011; lost by 151 votes.
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