Lessons from Auschwitz

February 2015: Year 9 and 10 have been working on the Holocaust memorial and work on prejudice in society.

25th February 2015 : Two sixth form students participated in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz Project ‘

Two of our Year 12 students, Megan Parkinson and Alex Hughes were recently selected to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz Project’ a programme for sixth formers run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The programme involved the students meeting with other sixth formers from all over the West Midlands region for two seminars and a day visit to Poland. The visit to Poland begins with participants visiting the the Polish town of Oświęcim. This helps the students to learn more about the victims lives and begins to re-humanise them as individuals. However, the main focus of the day was the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

At Auschwitz I – registration documents of inmates, piles of hair, shoes, clothes and other items seized from the prisoners as they entered the camps are displayed along with a general history of the camp. Participants were then taken the short distance to Birkenau. This is the site that most people associate with the word “Auschwitz” and where the vast majority of victims were murdered. The tour of Birkenau culminated in a memorial ceremony held next to the destroyed crematoria, and was led by Rabbi Barry Marcus of the Central Synagogue The ceremony included readings, a moment of reflection and ended with participants lighting memorial candles and placing them around the remains of the crematoria or on the railway tracks.

The final part of the programme will see Megan and Alex will be using their knowledge to inform others about the Holocaust

26th February : Holocaust Survivor, Mr Henry Ferster, aged 92, came into school to speak to students in Years 9, 10, 12 & 13. He spoke about his life as a German born Jew during Holocaust and how he survived numerous death camps such as Auschwitz. His story was very moving and thought provoking.

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