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Bergen-Belsen – 70th Anniversary of the Liberation by British Forces – April 2015

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Karen Everitt, LRC (Learning Resource Centre) Manager and Holocaust Education Trust Co-ordinator, was invited to attend the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British Forces. She shares her experiences:

“The day went as smoothly as any of the participants could have asked.  But the impact of the visit cannot be easily expressed.  So many little things and incidences that remain in the memory:  hearing Bernard Levy, one of the liberating soldiers, describing the horror of what he saw in 1945, the images as fresh today as 70 years ago; the sight of survivors with their children and grandchildren, frail but determined to honour the memory of lost family and friends; the sheer size of the burial sites as far as the eye could see; the visitor centre with artefacts and photographs of the camp and its tragic detainees; the bagpipes and the last post at the grave site at the British barracks, and the laying of the stones at the memorial, which I found particularly moving.  To share this experience with like-minded people was a joy and a privilege and one for which I am very grateful.   The lament ‘Never again’ never seemed more appropriate.”

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Two Long Road students took part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project this year. They will be sharing their experiences with the College.