First Holocaust memorial exhibition held in Perth and Kinross marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy has formally opened the first ever Holocaust memorial exhibition to be held in the local area. The exhibition will be on display at Perth's AK Bell Library until 26 January.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January and the following day it will displayed at the Birnam Institute.  

Gypsy/Traveller led project

The exhibition has been created by the Gypsy/Traveller-led inter-cultural project 'Rajpot' with support from Perth and Kinross Creative Communities fund. The 'Rajpot' project is aimed at developing an inter-cultural centre in the Pitlochry area.      

Gypsy and Roma travellers unaccounted for

The exhibition highlights the plight of Gypsy and Roma travellers across Europe during the Holocaust with many million remaining unaccounted for at the end of World War II.   

Persecution and prejudice unacceptable

Provost Melloy said: "It is an honour to open this exhibition. It should not be forgotten that Roma Gypsies were among the groups the Nazi regime singled out for persecution on so-called racial grounds. The fate of the Roma people in some ways paralleled that of the Jews. Under the Nazi regime, the Roma were subjected to arbitrary internment, forced labour and mass murder. It is unfortunate that this project also highlights the fact that these communities often continue to face persecution and prejudice which is totally unacceptable in this day and age."