This project has gathered and made available online oral testimony from men and women who sought sanctuary in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe. Some came on the Kindertransport, others survived concentration camps.

Many made remarkable journeys to get to safety in Scotland.

There is much for you to see and hear on this site.

Listen to the voices of the survivors – their accents will tell you a lot about their journeys. There are Scottish accents, continental lilts and sometimes a mixture of both.

All the interviewees spoke about the terrible events that brought them to Scotland.

A SCOTTISH teacher whose mother survived the Nazi death camps has warned that the resurgence of the far-right could lead to another genocide in Europe.</p>
<p>Saskia Tepe, whose mother narrowly escaped death at Auschwitz, will voice her concerns on the eve of Scotland’s Holocaust Memorial Day this Friday.</p>
<p>“Holocaust Memorial Day is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented,” said Tepe, 62, who will speak at Bishopbriggs Academy on Thursday as part of a week of events organised by Interfaith Scotland and the Scottish Government.

A SCOTTISH teacher whose mother survived the Nazi death camps has warned that the resurgence of the far-right could lead to another genocide in Europe.

Saskia Tepe, whose mother narrowly escaped death at Auschwitz, will voice her concerns on the eve of Scotland’s Holocaust Memorial Day this Friday.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented,” said Tepe, 62, who will speak at Bishopbriggs Academy on Thursday as part of a week of events organised by Interfaith Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Saskia Tepe Interview with the Sunday Hearld

Read more of Saskia’s story on our website

Louisa Sampson and Max Tollemache from UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation with Steven and Hilary Anson from the Gathering the Voices Association on their visit to see the mobile exhibition in Edinburgh on the 15th August 2016.

The Gathering the Voices team are especially proud that our exhibition was featured at the Scottish National Holocaust Memorial event in Ayr, and were honoured by a personal visit to our display by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Louisa Sampson and Max Tollemache from UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation with Steven and Hilary Anson from the Gathering the Voices Association on their visit to see the mobile exhibition in Edinburgh on the 15th August 2016.

Louisa Sampson and Max Tollemache from UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation with Steven and Hilary Anson from the Gathering the Voices Association on their visit to see the mobile exhibition in Edinburgh on the 15th August 2016.

Supported and Funded By

supported by the heritage lottery fund
scottish government Glasgow Caledonian University
sense over sectarianism Glasgow City Council
German ministry of foreign affairs
  • Ethel Hoffman
  • Esterson Trust
  • Glasgow Jewish Community Trust
  • Queen’s Park Charitable Trust
  • Steven and Hilary Anson
  • David and Angela Shapiro
  • Claire and Howard Singerman
  • Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust
  • Ralph Slater Trust
  • The Alma & Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust‏
  • German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Saskia Tepe

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