Inside Auschwitz

Sarah Roberts said, “The visual impact shocked me. I hadn’t thought about how complex it was and how many different people were part of it. There were people driving the trains and there were administrators. We also learnt that people had to buy their own ticket to get on that train, I didn’t know that. It is difficult to think, why didn’t people stop it or why didn’t the Jews try to get out, then you go there and realise that wasn’t possible.”

Quote: Ludlow College History Teacher - Sarah Roberts

For updated news on Ludlow College's History students: Stuart Booker and Luke Romeo, and History Teacher Sarah Roberts who visited Auschwitz in Poland on February 13th click on the link below:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/02/19/inside-auschwitz-the-heart-of-darkness/

The students took part in a seminar in Birmingham given by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) where they heard first hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor.  They were then taken to visit the former concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Their visit will be followed by a further seminar on the 26th February to allow them to reflect on their experiences.

"Auschwitz" in Poland was the largest of the German concentration camps from World War II where up to  three million people died (2.5 million gassed, and 500,000 from disease and starvation). Today the accepted figure is 1.3 million, around 90 per cent of them Jewish. Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Roma and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, some 400 Jehovah's Witnesses and tens of thousands of people of diverse nationalities. Those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labour, infectious disease, individual executions, and medical experiments. It was liberated by the Soviets in 1945.

Date: 20/02/2013 | Posted by: Joanna Smith