Memories of a Lifetime

Earlier this week, 23 Year 12 students returned from a memorable three day trip to Krakow. The trip started with a guided tour of the city capturing sites such as the Kazimierz and Wawel Castle, and then students visited the Galicia museum to meet with Holocaust Survivor, Mrs Reiner, who shared her story with them. Mrs Reiner’s father had worked for Oskar Schindler during the war and when the group visited Schindler’s Factory they located his name and photograph which really brought a sense of reality to the museum. Students also learnt about other aspects of Krakow’s history by travelling 135 metres beneath the surface into the Salt Mines to explore the cravens and chapels. Most importantly though, students visited Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau which brought home the reality and scale of the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. Students lay stones to pay their respects for the victims of the Holocaust and were moved by the sites they saw. All in all a busy but enjoyable three days which were life changing for the students and staff involved.

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