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St Mark’s A Level Students visit Auschwitz

Communities / Fri 27th Nov 2015 at 12:24pm

AuschwitzTO support their A Level History studies, Year 13 pupils from St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School recently visited Krakow, in Poland. Their three day tour of the city enabled them to learn about the local history and culture.

The most memorable part of their trip was a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where 1.1 million prisoners were killed during the Holocaust – 90% of the victims being Jews. Hearing of the suffering of these victims, seeing their living conditions and personal effects – including locks and plaits of girls’ hair –was extremely moving for the pupils.

During their visit they were fortunate to meet a Holocaust survivor, Monika Goldwasser, and to hear her story. Whilst it was a harrowing visit at times, the pupils were thankful to have been given the chance to have had this experience.

Pupil Lael Constance said, “ Some of the stories we heard about were horrifying but it was a wonderful opportunity to meet Monika and hear her testimony. She told us she was inspired to tell everyone about her ordeal as it is very important to remember the past.”

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