Doncaster MP accompanies pupils to Auschwitz

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint will be accompanying students from Don Valley as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s visit to the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on 1May.

The Doncaster group will be joining more than 200 post-16 students from across Yorkshire and Humberside for the visit.

Said Caroline: “This will be a unique opportunity to learn what happened at Auschwitz-Birkenau, to pay respect to those murdered by the Nazis, and to explore the lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today.

“I hope the students will use the experience to commemorate and educate others about the Holocaust within their schools and our local communities.”

Now in its 14th year, the Government funded project is based on the premise that “hearing is not like seeing”. The group will visit Oświęcim, the town where the Nazi concentration and death camp was located and where, before the war, 58% of the population was Jewish.

Students then visit Auschwitz 1 to see the former camp’s barracks and crematoria and witness the piles of belongings that were seized by the Nazis. Finally they spend time at the main killing centre of Birkenau before ending the day with a candle lighting and a period of reflection.

Ms Flint is joined by six students, two from each of: The McAuley Catholic High School, The Sir Thomas Wharton Community College and Hayfield School.