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Holocaust Educational Trust Programme

posted 16 Nov 2017, 04:27 by Tim Williams   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 04:31 ]
Auschwitz lessons came to life for students when they took a trip to Poland.
Year 12 students Zainab Sheikh and Meryemcan Meydan, from Nightingale Academy in Edmonton, took part in the Holocaust Educational Trust programme Lessons from Auschwitz. They attended an orientation event with 200 other students from across London to discuss why they were attending Auschwitz and to hear from a Holocaust survivor. They then flew to Poland for a day.
Elizabeth Mullan, humanities teacher, said: “The aim of this programme is to allow both teachers and students to see and learn about Auschwitz for themselves, rather than reading about it in text books. “The day in Poland consisted of deconstructing images and objects of people who had been murdered in the Holocaust to remember the lives of those who had died. It reinforced the fact the lives of those murdered were very similar to our own.

“The day started with a visit to a town close to Auschwitz which inhabited Jewish people before the war. Today, there are no Jewish people left in this town. We visited both Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, before the day ended with a memorial service.”

A follow-up seminar in London allowed those who attended to discuss how they can use what they have learnt in future.