On Friday 5th February 31 of Shevington’s pupils met at John Lennon airport in Liverpool to board a flight to Krakow, Poland. We arrived at our hotel round eleven o’clock and had some lunch before going on our first trip to Schindler’s factory. At the museum we had a guided tour of the factory in which we learned about Krakow under Nazi occupation and the holocaust. Our next stop was the Galicia Jewish museum where we studied artwork showing the history of Jews in Krakow. We learned that this had once been a place where many Jews had enjoyed living happily for many years before the country was invaded. Many places had been destroyed and Jewish headstones had even been used to build roads! Here we also met a lady who had escaped the holocaust as a child and was kind enough to share her story with us. We then walked back to the hotel and relaxed after a very long day in Poland.

The next day we go up very early ready for breakfast at 6.45am and then went to Auschwitz. Our knowledgeable tour guides told us a lot about the heart-breaking events that occurred in Auschwitz during the second world war. We were shocked at many of the things we saw despite studying the holocaust and having knowledge about what happened in these places. It is still shocking to see it for real and makes you think about the dangers hate can bring. Later that day we have a little bit of free time to shop in Krakow before enjoying our last meal at the Hark Rock Café. We are thankful for the experience we have had and would encourage anyone else to go and experience it for themselves.

By Kate, Helena and Rebecca

Year 10 RE and History students