Two student ambassadors from the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz programme addressed the Scottish Parliament on the importance of remembering the Shoah.
Law students Dominic Bradley and Katie McKenna were invited to deliver Holyrood's "Time for Reflection" message, having visited the death camp site in 2010 when pupils of St Ninian's High School in east Dunbartonshire.
Addressing a full chamber, they spoke of the impact the visit had made on them, as well as the power of individuals to speak out against prejudice.
The Scottish Government has marked HMD by announcing renewed and increased funding to the HET scheme, open to two sixth-formers from every Scottish school and college.
Making the announcement, Scotland's Minister for Learning, Dr Alasdair Allan, said he had travelled to Auschwitz with a group in November "to take part in this thought-provoking and moving experience. We are providing £230,000 [up from £214,000] to enable around 380 Scottish students to participate in the project in 2012/13 and to help ensure that the disturbing and profoundly important lessons from the past are passed on to future generations."