Students to visit Nazi concentration camp

MP Caroline Flint.
MP Caroline Flint.

Students from three Doncaster schools are heading to Poland tomorrow to visit the Nazi concentration and death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint will be accompanying students from The McAuley Catholic High School, Sir Thomas Wharton Community College and Hayfield School as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s visit.

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

Mrs Flint said: “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 58 per cent of the population was Jewish.

Students then visit Auschwitz I to see the former camp’s barracks and crematoria and witness the piles of belongings seized by the Nazis, and the main killing centre of Birkenau.