Lessons from Auschwitz Project
This year two Year 12 students have taken part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project. Based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing', the four-part course explored the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The students took part in a series of insightful seminars which led to them creating their own project to educate people on the lessons of the Holocaust. The programme culminated in a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and a follow up seminar in London.
Here Carys L and Daniel T in Year 12 discuss their experience of the programme:
Following our participation in the Lessons From Auschwitz project back in March, myself (Carys ) and Dan attended an ambassador conference for the Holocaust Educational Trust at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in Westminster on July 6th. The conference was extremely enlightening ; we participated in various workshops surrounding topics such as myths surrounding Nazi ghettos , the life of Jews after the events of the holocaust, and the importance of both passive and active resistance.
We had the pleasure of witnessing lectures given by professors from various Universities, such as Cambridge, who delivered their expertise surrounding the misconceptions surrounding the holocaust and the significance of holocaust-related literature. We received the once in a lifetime opportunity of being able to talk to several holocaust survivors and hear their personal testimonies which was very moving.
The importance of educating others on the events of such a tragedy was heavily stressed throughout the day, and the ambassadors who attended were prescribed the goal of completing 10 actions in order to fulfil this aim. Both Dan and I look forward to attending the annual conference again next year.