Learning lessons from the Holocaust

Charlotte Owens, left, and Chloe Richmond at Brighouse High Sixth Form Centre, who are going to Auschwitz.

Charlotte Owens, left, and Chloe Richmond at Brighouse High Sixth Form Centre, who are going to Auschwitz.

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Students from Brighouse will be travelling to Poland to learn lessons from the Auschwitz project.

Led by the Holocaust Educational Trust, six-form students and their teachers will visit the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau where more than one million people died. They will also take part in two seminars, one before the visit to prepare the students and one on May 1 to reflect on the day.

Two of the students chosen are Charlotte Owens and Chloe Richmond from Brighouse High School.

Charlotte said: “I’m both nervous and also looking forward to it in a way. I’m deeply interested in the subject but feel that unless you see first hand the horrors people went through that we cannot even begin to have a full understanding. We both hope that we’ll learn more about how the Holocaust can have been allowed to happen and how we can prevent it happening in the future.”

When they return the duo will go into local primary schools or groups such as brownies or rainbows and teach broadly about equality, discrimination and prejudice.

Chloe said: “The long term aim of our lessons in local primary schools is to create a pack including everything we have learnt from the experience.”