Lessons from AuschwitzLessons from Auschwitz

As part of an initiative with the Holocaust Educational Trust, we were very fortunate to have two of our Y12 students accepted on their project to visit Auschwitz, here they describe their experiences:


On the 15th of February we went to Auschwitz Birkennau. It was a very touching experience and one we shall remember for the rest of our lives.

When we arrived at Krakow we travelled to the town of Oswiecim that the Nazis renamed Auschwitz.

This was a Jewish town before the war but now no Jews now remain and only one synagogue was left, only one Jew returned after the war that died in 2000.

We then travelled to Auschwitz one. The experience was out of this world and unreal to think we were where it happened.

auschwitz gate

The gate to Auschwitz reads "Arbeit macht frei", which translates as "work will make you free"

Walking through Auschwitz was very emotional and hard to put into words how we felt.

The worst part was seeing the huge rooms full of hair, shoes, suitcases and their personal belongings they thought would be valuable like house keys and photographs. Seeing all oft this made us realise it happened to real individuals.

Birkennau was very different to Auschwitz there was no museums it was just the real thing.

We never realised how big it actually was until when we arrived we went in a tower and looked over and it was unbelievable how big it actually was.

When walking down the railway the atmosphere was eerie and throughout our whole visit it was so quiet and we never saw one bird fly over the camps.

Hannah and Amy, who travelled to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust

After the one day visit to Poland we now appreciate everything we have and have the upmost respect for those who perished during this terrible time.

We feel everyone should have knowledge of the holocaust and we will try and educate as many people as possible to keep the victims memories alive.

Hannah Evans and Amy Cossey

Both girls will be taking part in putting together a variety of materials so that they can share their experiences with others at Ysgol John Bright and the wider community of Llandudno.

Watch this space!

As part of an initiative with the Holocaust Educational Trust, we were very fortunate to have two of our Y12 students accepted on their project to visit Auschwitz, here they describe their experiences:


On the 15th of February we went to Auschwitz Birkennau. It was a very touching experience and one we shall remember for the rest of our lives.

When we arrived at Krakow we travelled to the town of Oswiecim that the Nazis renamed Auschwitz.

This was a Jewish town before the war but now no Jews now remain and only one synagogue was left, only one Jew returned after the war that died in 2000.

We then travelled to Auschwitz one. The experience was out of this world and unreal to think we were where it happened.

auschwitz gate

The gate to Auschwitz reads "Arbeit macht frei", which translates as "work will make you free"

Walking through Auschwitz was very emotional and hard to put into words how we felt.

The worst part was seeing the huge rooms full of hair, shoes, suitcases and their personal belongings they thought would be valuable like house keys and photographs. Seeing all oft this made us realise it happened to real individuals.

Birkennau was very different to Auschwitz there was no museums it was just the real thing.

We never realised how big it actually was until when we arrived we went in a tower and looked over and it was unbelievable how big it actually was.

When walking down the railway the atmosphere was eerie and throughout our whole visit it was so quiet and we never saw one bird fly over the camps.

Hannah and Amy, who travelled to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust

After the one day visit to Poland we now appreciate everything we have and have the upmost respect for those who perished during this terrible time.

We feel everyone should have knowledge of the holocaust and we will try and educate as many people as possible to keep the victims memories alive.

Hannah Evans and Amy Cossey

Both girls will be taking part in putting together a variety of materials so that they can share their experiences with others at Ysgol John Bright and the wider community of Llandudno.

Watch this space!

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  1. Well done girls! im so proud of you for being so brave! :D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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