Poland trip helps pupils reflect in build-up to Holocaust memorial day

Religious Studies pupils at Auschwitz

A Religious Studies trip took our fifth year pupils to Krakow, Poland, just before Christmas to visit areas of significance to the Holocaust.

On the annual trip, our pupils toured Krakow’s Jewish ghetto where they were able to consider what life must have been like in the city after the Nazis invaded in 1939, and a visit to the museum at Oskar Schindler’s factory helped to further the pupils’ knowledge of Krakow’s five year occupation.

Tours of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau – part of the network of Nazi concentration camps – also gave our pupils the chance to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust.

Pupils will go on to commemorate the Holocaust at school on its national memorial day on Friday 27th January.

Frederick Naftel, an expert on the Holocaust whose great grandmother survived the concentration camps, will be in school on the day to give talks in Religious Studies lessons and take part in question and answer sessions.

Last year, pupils from throughout the school contributed work towards a Holocaust memorial exhibition to help mark the day. Lectures also helped them consider the aftermath of the mass murders, while the Classics department’s production of Trojan Women was adapted to allow the play to explore the Holocaust and its surrounding themes.

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