Throughout the last month, four Sixth Form pupils have taken part in the 'Lessons from Auschwitz' program run by the Holocaust Education Trust.
This program runs over two weekends and culminates with a trip to Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz Birkenau.
Sixth Former Yuwhan Choi took part in the project and said: “I was fortunately able to take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which involved attending three events, including a trip to Poland and 2 seminars, one before and one after the trip. In the first seminar, we were lucky enough to meet a survivor of the holocaust, Janine Webber, who shared her moving story of her experiences. We also discussed how the Jewish communities went about their lives before the war and what expectations we had in mind of what Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau would be like. These were visually similar to what we had expected, except for the sheer size of it all. From the huge amount of hair and shoes (at Auschwitz 1) that filled rooms larger than my dining room, or not being able to see from one end of the camp to another at Birkenau. We saw the prisoner’s facilities and learnt about how they would have lived and died there. On the follow up seminar we had a discussion with the rest of our group about what our personal thoughts were and how we could share our experiences with others.”
He added: “This was truly an experience which cannot be forgotten. I cannot say it brought me pleasure, but more of an appreciation of life as a whole. When I am approached with the question, ‘How was your trip?’ I never know how to respond. It was interesting, but upsetting, everyone’s experiences will be different I can only suggest taking the time to go and visit.'
Thank you to Mr Shorrock, Teacher of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, for organising this opportunity.