Last week, Lucy was honoured to join students from across Greater Manchester on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and death camp in Poland.
The visit was part of the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, which is now in its sixteenth year. The project allows post-16 students and their teachers to visit the camp to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, and this year Lucy joined students from Chethams School of Music and Connell Sixth Form College in her constituency, along with others from across the North West, as they took part in what was an emotional and moving visit.
The visit included learning about the pre-war Jewish population of the nearby town of Oświęcim, spending time inside the barracks and crematoria of the former camp, and witnessing the piles of belongings seized from the victims. Finally, Lucy joined the students for a candlelit vigil and moment of reflection to remember the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust and the other victims of Nazi persecution.
All of the students who took part in the visit will now become Ambassadors for the Holocaust Education Trust, sharing their experiences with their peers and younger students as part of a wider aim to raise awareness and challenge prejudice and racism in today’s society.
I’m really grateful to everyone at the Holocaust Education Trust for organising what was an incredibly moving visit. Speaking to the students who took part, it’s clear that the visit had a huge impact on all of them and has motivated them to share what they’ve learnt when they return to their schools and families.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of visiting Auschwitz and recognising the full extent of the industrialised nature of the Holocaust. It’s definitely an experience I will not forget and I hope projects like this will ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are remembered by future generations.
Below are some photos from the visit, taken by GrahamsImages.com