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Brown unveils holocaust memorial
Gordon Brown with sculpture
The artwork was developed by students in Fife
Chancellor Gordon Brown has unveiled a sculpture created by young people in Fife to commemorate the Holocaust.

The unveiling in Kirkcaldy marked the launch of a festival in Scotland which uses the Holocaust to address current issues and attitudes.

The festival is the work of pupils from three Fife high schools who visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in November 2005.

The idea to create a piece of public art was developed by 12 students from Adam Smith College in Fife.

They wanted to make a lasting memorial as a sign of respect for all victims of the Holocaust and genocide, challenging racism and intolerance.

'Safe place'

The sculpture is in the shape of a doorway and has symbols carved into it from a special language created across Europe and America in the 1930s and 1940s.

It was formulated by people who were displaced from their own communities and cultures.

The symbols tell others: "This is a safe place".

It will stand in Kirkcaldy's Memorial Garden, where it was unveiled by the chancellor on Friday.

The event also marked the beginning of the Anne Frank and You Festival, a three-week event driven by young people to challenge attitudes in present society.


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