Standing in the darkness close to the remnants of a gas chamber, Rabbi Andrew Shaw recited a funeral prayer to remember the millions slaughtered.
He told his own story about how his grandfather had been killed by the Nazis, but how his grandmother had escaped to Glasgow with their unborn child - the rabbi's mother - who had grown up to have her own family in London. The rabbi encouraged the groups to leave Auschwitz with the feelings of pride and hope - pride that the Jewish people survived and continue to survive and hope because good triumphed over evil.
"Nobody could do that visit without feeling very moved by it," said Russell. "The rabbi essentially telling you to take away both a pride in those who were not going to be beaten and a hope for the future signposts you ... He did it so well with his own personal story that it adds an international dimension that Scotland needs to understand. I want to think about the ways we can get Andrew Shaw's message to every school."