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The Robert Napier School

Year 13 trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau 2017

This is a 2 night trip taking place in November 2017. Students in Year 13 study the AQA unit "Democracy and Nazism, 1918-1945". Within this topic, one key theme that students have to study is the treatment of the Jews and the Holocaust. Students study this throughout Years 12 and 13 as part of their A-Level studies, meaning that they will be visiting Auschwitz at the time that they are studying the topic, making the trip relevant to their studies.

During this trip, students will spend time at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and what life was like for the Jewish prisoners during this time. They will be able to visit the gas chambers, the sleeping quarters and experience the kind of work that these prisoners had to engage with every day that they lived at that site.

On the second day of the trip, students will visit the Jewish ghetto memorial in Krakow. Here they will learn of the history of the town and the effect of the Nazi regime on the Jewish population there. Additionally, students will visit Schindler’s factory and learn of the attempts of Oscar Schindler to hide and rescue as many Jews as possible. Students will be able to visit these sites and experience ‘first hand’ what life was like for these groups of people.

In addition to this, students get some leisure time visiting the Krakow town and dining out both evenings. This is a great trip for the History department as students can learn about the Holocaust in more depth and see of the key events of the treatment of Jews first hand. This helps make the study of the A-Level History more interesting as History can ‘come alive’ and give young people a chance to enhance their understanding of the Holocaust and how Jews were treated under the Nazi regime.