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Students Visit Auschwitz

Students Visit Auschwitz

Post 16 students recently flew to Krakow, Poland for a one-day visit to Auschwitz.

This annual trip, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust offers Year 13 history students an opportunity to see first-hand the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps and meet survivors sharing their personal testimonies.

Based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing', this four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The LFA Project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

Libby Joel and Caitlin Blackburn travelled to Oświęcim in Poland as part of the 'Lessons from Auschwitz' project. The experience is something we will never forget, you cannot begin to comprehend the sheer size and scale of the camps until you have stood there and witnessed the never-ending barbed wire fences.

"From the length of the book of names, the electric barbed wiring to trap the prisoners, the amount of children's clothes, the victim's suitcases from all over Europe, the cans of gas which murdered millions to, the scratches on the walls of the gas chambers." We were told by a Jewish Rabbi "you have never experienced fear until you are a prisoner in one of these camps." Those words were followed by a ceremony within the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau, at the site of the destroyed gas chambers, in which we said a prayer and listened to the Rabbi’s moving service. After this we were given the opportunity to light a candle at the site.

"Auschwitz is something which I think everyone should experience and we can't thank Holocaust UK enough for the opportunity they presented us with."

Interested Year 12 students will be eligible to apply for a place next year. It is an eye-opening opportunity that is so important in ensuring we preserve the memories of all those lost within the brutal Nazi Regime.

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