Auschwitz Visit

5th May 2016

Two sixth form students have just returned from a day trip to Auschwitz as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz Project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust. 

 

The students took part in an orientation seminar last week before their early morning take off from Leeds Bradford airport to Krakow.  There they toured Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau with a guide.  They felt that it was all very surreal, very quiet except for the occasional birdsong and they felt that at any time an SS guard could come round the corner.  They could not get over the fact that human beings could do this to other human beings.  They toured the barracks, toilet blocks, the trains and railway, saw containers of hair and shoes and of course went into some of the gas chambers where they could see frantic scratches on the wall,as well as a Star of David scratched on the wall. 

 

The two students have a final seminar on Sunday 8th May and then they become ‘Ambassadors’ for the Lessons from Auschwitz Project by completing a project of their choosing aimed at disseminating in their schools and the community the lessons they have learnt. 

 

This project is so important to ensure that this inhumanity is never forgotten.