The Holocaust Educational Trust: Lessons from Auschwitz

Since 1999, over 20,000 students and teachers have taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s groundbreaking Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

Based on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’, this four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The LFA Project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

The visits to the former Nazi extermination and concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau are preceded and followed by half-day seminars in order to ensure an exceptional educational experience.

The programme has 4 stages; participants meet a Holocaust survivor and prepare for the visit, go to Poland to visit authentic sites and museums, reflect on the trip and explore the contemporary relevance of the lessons of the Holocaust, and finally design and implement a plan to spread the lessons.

The course is open to one pair of 16-18 year old students in post-16 education per school/college, studying any subject and from any ethnic or religious background. A very limited number of teacher places are also available. The course is heavily subsidised by the Holocaust Educational Trust and sponsored by a Government grant, keeping the cost at only £59 per participant to ensure that the experience is open to all.

The course is being offered in Glasgow (deadline 12 September) and various courses are being offered in London in the near future.