Sixth Formers take part in "Lessons from Auschwitz" project

Three Ruislip High Sixth Form students visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp in Poland on Thursday 18th October. 

Verity and Olivia (Year 13), and Aoibhin (Year 12), were taking part in the "Lessons from Auschwitz" project organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust with support from history teacher Ms Horton. All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust.

The project has several phases. On Sunday 14th October, the students visited a hotel in London’s Canary Wharf for an introductory half-day seminar. Participants examined pre-war Jewish life and heard from a Holocaust survivor.

The one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, took place on Thursday 18th October. It was a long day for the students with a 6:30am flight from Stansted Airport to Krakow, and the return flight at 8:30pm. The Ruislip High students had a local guide as they visited the site. Then, on Tuesday 30th October, the students took part in a follow-up seminar back in London, exploring the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. 

Verity, Aoibhin and Olivia will now become school ambassadors for the "Lessons from Auschwitz” project and will make a presentation for other students at Ruislip High to read.

Verity said, “It was an eye-opening experience and it put the Holocaust events into perspective. It made the events we study in History seem real. The sheer size of Auschwitz-Birkenau really shocked me, seeing the awful conditions people lived in before so many of them died. Those responsible tried to stop the rest of the world seeing the gas chambers and finding out what happened.”