The Holocaust – six million dead; it seems like just a number. But these numbers represent people – people like you, your sister or brother, your mum or dad, your gran or grandfather. They were killed for being born. For being born into a religion, for being a certain age, for speaking a certain language or looking a certain way.
There is no way I can put into words what my journey meant or what I have learned – how do you sum up the Holocaust in a few hundred words? So instead I attempting it through pictures, with small descriptions below.
The Principal’s Go Abroad Fund allowed me to travel across Poland, visiting sites linked to the Holocaust and related atrocities. Prior to my trip, I had always thought of Auschwitz Birkenau as the center of the Holocaust, but the study trip opened my eyes to the atrocities that happened throughout the country, not just in concentration and death camps. I had never thought about the city of Oświęcim itself, but after staying there for a couple of nights I soon realised that although daily life continues, the area will never escape the links to the nearby extermination camp. Continue reading