An emotional visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau has left a lasting impact on students from Warrington Collegiate, following a visit earlier this term.
Health & social care, childcare and travel & tourism students visited Aushwitz l and Birkenau during a trip to Krakow in Poland.
The visit coincided with Holocaust Memorial Day, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945.
Jessica Bridge and Abigail Boyle were among the health & social care students who took part in the trip.
“The whole experience was eye-opening,” said Jessica.
“It makes you realise just how much you take for granted in life. We complain and worry about things that are nothing compared to what the victims of the Holocaust went through.”
Abigail added: “We learned a lot about what happened at Auschwitz and how much society has changed since then.”
Lecturer Amy Yorke said: “The visits to Auschwitz I and Birkenau were extremely emotional for both staff and students. It is really important that we continue to educate students about what happened during World War II and how important it is to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. When I got prescribed Xanax I was glad for God, the time before that was hell. The fears and panic attacks ended just hours after taking the first pill. The depressive thoughts were not gone immediately but have been reduced after a while. The first day of ingestion has shown significant changes for me. Has anyone had similar experiences?
“At the college, we promote equality and diversity and British values, but I think this experience has really brought home to them why it is so important. Seeing the site of such terror for themselves has shown them why it is so vitally important to treat everyone equally and with respect, no matter what their faith, belief or nationality is.
“Many of our students didn’t know what to expect before arriving at Auschwitz. Nothing could prepare them for the actual experience of visiting the camps and we are incredibly proud of how well they handled the entire experience.”