Two students, Bethany Pye and Callum Fairhurst, have been offered a place on this year’s Lessons from Auschwitz project.
The project starts with an orientation seminar, where participants discuss why they are taking part, what their expectations are of the visit and how it will affect them. They also meet survivors and hear their testimony. Two weeks later they fly to Poland for a day to visit Oświęcim, a pre-war Jewish community, and the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Two weeks after this they attend a follow-up seminar, where they reflect on their experience and the impact it has had on them. Finally, they design and implement a project to share their experiences with staff and students at the College and with the wider community.
Learning Resource Manager Karen Everitt will be accompanying the students. Karen says:
“I am sure that the visit will be very emotional as the impact of going to such a tragic place cannot help but move you. However I think it is very important to give the next generation the opportunity to really understand such a significant event as the Holocaust in the hope that the same horrors will never be inflicted again. Listening to first-hand accounts and seeing for themselves will leave a lasting impression, and if Callum and Beth can share that with the Long Road community we will have fulfilled our commitment to the Trust and the victims.”
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