Last weekend, I was honoured to attend the Holocaust Day Memorial event in East Renfrewshire, the theme of which is: “Don’t stand by”.
Provost Alastair Carmichael reminded the audience that the Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. While some supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently — at best, afraid to speak out, at worst, ‘’indifferent”.
Yet, recently, at a meeting of a Scottish Parliament cross-party group, an educationalist — promoting the introduction of anti-Jewish rhetoric into the school curriculum — reportedly said: “We need a narrative to balance the Holocaust one… It is difficult to get into schools because of the antisemitism agenda”. No one present objected. They just stood by! Stanley Grossman Newton Mearns, Glasgow