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Lessons from Poland

Two S6 pupils from St. Benedict's High School were fortunate enough to recently be given the opportunity to embark on "A Lessons from the Auschwitz  Project" trip with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Louise Addison and Rebecca Caldow attended a seminar with a Holocaust survivor beforehand, but after the experience of visiting Auschwitz felt that nothing could have prepared them for the poignancy of the actual trip. Louise said: " I remember walking under the disturbingly iconic  "Arbeit macht frei", ("Work makes you free'"), sign and not actually believing where I was.  All I could think of was the boys and girls, no different from me, walking under and truly believing what the sign said."  Both felt that the most poignant part of the trip was not the empty gas chambers, empty bunk beds, nor the belongings that had been stolen from the Jews, but the individual stories and photos which revealed the stories and lives behind the 6,000,000.  

Both girls, on their return felt a great sense of responsibility to share their experiences and educate others about the Holocaust.  "We aim to share our experience about the contemporary relevance of the holocaust, both in our school and local community and are currently planning events around Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January to raise awareness of the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust.

Mrs Jamieson, History Teacher at St. Benedict's, who co-ordinated the visit for the girls said  "Experiences like these are crucial, both in developing an empathic attitude towards the Holocaust, and also to highlight the horrors of genocide."

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The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is 'Journeys'.

We would like to ask you to reflect on your own journey as you think of those who went on a journey that many never returned from.

We ask this to promote tolerance of others by recognising the role played by all regardless of gender, race or creed.


First They Came for the Jews
by Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.