This resource is designed for Scottish secondary schools to mark HMD while supporting and complementing Burns Night celebrations. Read the story of Henry Wuga MBE who was born in Germany in 1924 and escaped the Holocaust by coming to Scotland on the Kindertransport. He made a home in Scotland and developed a love for Scotland's national bard Robert Burns.
On Burns Night, 25 January, Scots around the world hold Burns Suppers to celebrate the life, works and memory of Robert Burns. Two days later, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on 27January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp complex. Burns may have been writing over 150 years before its liberation, but his words remain a powerful prompt for Holocaust Memorial Day.
This resource is designed for Scottish secondary schools to support and complement Burns Night celebrations. Henry Wuga MBE was born in Germany in 1924 and escaped the Holocaust by coming to Scotland on the Kindertransport. At 16, he was declared as a Dangerous Enemy Alien and interned on the Isle of Man. When released, he made a home in Scotland and developed a love for Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns.
You can use this resource flexibly as a part of different activities. It can complement and expand a History, RMPS, Modern Studies or English lessons on Burns’ life and poetry, or students can read and discuss the resource during Burns supper activities.
Use our teaching notes to frame the resource and select discussion questions according to your students’ skills and knowledge and the time that is available.
With thanks to the Scottish Government for their funding and support in developing these resources.