The 27th January is a poignant day here in the UK, as the nation marks Holocaust Memorial Day. The day has been marked since 2001 and nearly 4,000 events take place across the UK annually.
One of the key motives behind the initiative was to ensure that future generations remember the Holocaust, and other devastating genocides, in order to prevent the past repeating itself. To that end, this year’s theme is ‘Don’t Stand By’. This theme reminds us that the Holocaust was able to happen partly because ‘local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root*’ and, to prevent such atrocities occurring again, it is important to remember this.
Here at Halsbury, we passionately believe that history teaching in school is vital to ensure that future generations understand the past and how to prevent horrors, such as the Holocaust, from happening again. The opportunity to put the classroom theory into context is why school history trips are so popular.
In particular, our school history trips to Berlin and Krakow offer students the unforgettable opportunity to follow the story of the Holocaust and its devastating impact on real human lives.
In Berlin, your students will learn about the realities of life for Jews in Germany from the Middle Ages at the Jewish Museum, before visiting a number of other museums, including the Topographie of Terror and the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz, where they will gain a better understanding of the ‘Final Solution’. They will also be able to visit Sachsenhausen before travelling to Poland, where they will be able to visit Auschwitz. These two visits will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the concentration camp system and its development over the course of Nazi rule. They will also begin to understand the human cost of the Holocaust as they discover victims’ individual stories of persecution and death.
Krakow will also allow your students to see how the treatment of the Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe developed over time, from forceful relocation into ghettos, to mass murder.