Auschwitz Trip

Auschwitz Trip

On Wednesday 1st March two Year 13 History students, Emily Baker and James Fortt, visited the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz in Poland.  They travelled as part of the Lessons From Auschwitz programme and both Emily and James had applied for places on this year’s trip.  They will be working with year 9 students over the next few weeks in lessons to help them understand what happened during the Holocaust.  Here they describe their experience:

“Upon arriving at Krakow airport, we were directed into the coaches that would drive us to the town of Oświęcim. Here we could see the barren field that was once the Great Synagogue and the large market square that once housed merchants from all walks of life. There we were shown photos of the square which acted as a testament to pre-war Jewish integration into Polish society. From there we took a short coach journey to Auschwitz I, the first work and death camp to have been installed near the town. The red brick buildings that housed thousands of prisoners now serves as a museum so that we might not forget the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. The atmosphere here was sombre as we progressed through the iconic gates where the slogan “Work sets you free” mocked the arrivals with false hope. Another short journey away was the second, and larger, Auschwitz II Birkenau, the scale of which astounds all upon arrival. This camp was far larger and primarily operated as an extermination camp on an industrial scale. To finalise the message of remembrance made here, a service was held here by a Rabbi before our return.”