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Thought-provoking trip explores the history of the Holocaust

Published on 22/11/18

History students from East Point Academy explored the devastating human impact of Nazism and its aftermath in an emotional trip to Poland and Germany.

In Poland the group visited two of the most notorious concentration camps of World War Two, Auschwitz and Birkenau, now memorials to the millions who perished at the hands of the Nazis.

After a poignant tour of the camps, the students met Auschwitz survivor Lydia who spoke movingly about her experiences in the camp.

A visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum challenged pupils to think about big historical questions such as how the Holocaust was able to happen, and how it’s remembered today.

In Berlin, the group visited the site of the bunker where Hitler made his last stand, and the Topography Of Terror museum on the former site of the Gestapo headquarters where many political prisoners were tortured and executed.

Exploring the divisions which continued to affect Germany after the war ended, the students visited Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, and saw famous graffiti at one of the last remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, which divided the city from 1961 to 1989.

Curriculum leader for history Matthew Wallace said: “This was an eye-opening trip which our pupils found intense and emotional. We are proud of their impeccable behaviour.”