(By Mr Worthington)
On 10 June 2015, 15 Year 10 students from Ridgeway High School made the emotional journey to Poland to visit the Auschwitz former concentration camp. The trip, which they had spent many hours preparing for, gave them a unique insight into the Holocaust and one of the darkest chapters in human history.
They visited two concentration camps, Plaszow and Auschwitz, where they saw first-hand what took place there. Students also rounded off the trip with a ceremony of remembrance, led by Mr Worthington, where they laid candles of remembrance, and listened to readings by Phoebe Clarke and Mrs Hytner.
All the students commented that this is a trip that will last a long time in their memories.
What happened at Auschwitz?
- In January 1942, during World War II, the Nazis decided on a plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe
- Auschwitz became an extermination camp
- Barbed-wire fences separated prisoners into sections
- Over one million prisoners were killed in the camp, many by being gassed to death
- In January 1945 Soviet soldiers entered Auschwitz. The German guards had already fled.