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Holocaust study trips extended
The entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland
A visit brings greater understanding of the Holocaust, the trust says
Two sixth formers from every UK school and college will visit Auschwitz under new government funding plans for students to learn about the Holocaust.

It is providing 1.5m for Lessons from Auschwitz, a course and visit to the former Nazi concentration camp run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Every year more than 6,000 16 to 18-year-olds will now take part.

The trust says visiting the camp provides a greater understanding of the Holocaust than lessons alone.

The government said the extra funding would be matched by the HET's existing funding sources.

Lessons learnt

HET chief executive, Karen Pollock, said it was important to reach more young people with the "life-changing experience".

And she said this was "critical in ensuring that the lessons of the Holocaust are learnt, disseminated and acted upon".

The Holocaust Educational Trust aims to teach young people from all ethnic backgrounds about the Holocaust.

More than a million people - mainly Jews - were killed at Auschwitz during World War II.

HISTORY OF AUSCHWITZ
Construction began in 1940 on site which grew to 40 sq km (15 sq mile)
At least 1.1 million deaths, one million of them Jewish
Other victims included Poles, Roma (Gypsies), Soviet POWs, homosexuals, disabled people and dissidents
Of 7,000 Nazi guards, 750 were prosecuted and punished after the war

Its three-day Lessons from Auschwitz course includes a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, situated 150 miles from the Polish capital Warsaw.

At Auschwitz pupils are shown barracks, inmates' registration documents, clothes and other personal items seized by camp guards.

They visit the gas chambers and crematoria at Birkenau - a second camp close by where Auschwitz prisoners were taken to be gassed.

Children then take part in a service of rememberance and discuss the impact the visit has made on them.

The trust says the visits are designed to "signal what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable".




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