Two upper sixth students from Bishop Heber High School in Malpas have returned from an educational trip to Poland and Auschwitz.

Alex Burrage and Will Farr took part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s groundbreaking Lessons from Auschwitz Project, a four-part course exploring the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance to today.

During the trip they learned about pre-war Jewish life and heard a Holocaust survivor’s testimony.

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On their return the boys both commented that witnessing the size and magnitude of Auschwitz-Birkenau was a harrowing experience which gave them a perspective of what is important in life.

They felt the dehumanisation of the Jewish population at the camps was something that they underestimated before the trip and is something which will stay in their minds forever.

Following on from the visit and participating in the project they look forward to continuing to spread the message about the values that can be learnt from the Holocaust and raising awareness of the horrific experience.