Between 7th and 15th of October the history department and two Sixth Form students participated in the North London Lessons from Auschwitz project. This project is aimed to explore the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance today. Increasing knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, highlights what can happen if prejudice and racism became acceptable.
The trip was a huge success and despite having to get to Luton airport at 5am, with a small delay in the flight, we still made good time and had Mrs Cramp as our group leader, which was a fantastic UHS reunion.
We visited the Jewish cemetery to look at Jewish life before the war and then went on to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau. Having fantastic guides and testimony (at the pre-seminar) really enabled us to engage with the Holocaust in a way that is not possible in the classroom. The service at the end, carried out by Rabbi Garson, was a moving and poignant end to a fantastic learning experience for us all.
We look forward to sharing more with the Uxbridge High School in our ‘Next Steps’ project.