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If prejudice and racism become acceptable

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Meg Munn MP travelled with over 200 students and fellow MPs to Poland on a visit to the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

The trust recently took their 20,000th participant to Auschwitz as part of this project. This means that 20,000 young people from across the UK now have increased knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. They also understand just what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

After they return, these students become Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassadors, using their experience to educate others about the Holocaust within their schools and local communities, and to commemorate this important event in history.

The Holocaust Educational Trust was established in 1988 and aims to educate young people from all backgrounds about the Holocaust and the important lessons that can be learned for today. They work with communities, schools and universities to raise awareness and facilitate learning for young people including providing teacher training and resources.

The Holocaust is part of the National Curriculum for History.

Meg said:

“I have seen films and visited exhibitions and museums, including Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, that tell the story of the mass murder of Jews. But my visit to the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was the first time I walked where some of the horror took place.

I found it was an individual’s possessions that were most moving. In a pile of shoes, each pair was different, chosen by someone, worn by someone and still showing the evidence of the shape of their foot - children’s clothes and broken toys heartbreaking beyond words. Such wickedness is almost incomprehensible.”

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