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Ashcroft Technology Academy

Imperial War Museum Trip

Almost 100 Year 9 History students took part in a History enrichment trip to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) over two days this week to view the award-winning Holocaust exhibition.

The students learnt about the Holocaust and the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany as well as the rise of Hitler and fascism in Europe. The "personal stories section" was particularly harrowing displaying photographs, diaries, toys and film of the people who lived through the Holocaust. Testimonies from survivors bring a moving perspective to these objects while a model of Auschwitz-Birkenau demonstrated the extent of events that occurred. This was a very rewarding and educational experience for the students. Many commented on the profound effect the many personal testimonies from Holocaust survivors had on them and how the exhibition brought a real life context to the material they were covering in lessons.

The IWM staff who led the learning sessions on both days commented on the "maturity" and "dignity" our students demonstrated in the learning sessions and their conduct around the Holocaust exhibition. It was a pleasure to lead the trip and receive such positive comments about Ashcroft students from the staff at IWM.