Some of the ‘untold stories’ of the Holocaust will be shared at a special presentation given by two upper sixth students at Godalming College on Friday 27 January, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
Olivia Townsend and Lydia John travelled to Auschwitz in November 2011 as part of their history studies on a scheme organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust. After attending a special seminar, during which they heard the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, Olivia and Lydia toured the site with other young people from schools and colleges around the world.
Speaking about the opportunity to see first-hand the remnants of such a momentous period in world events, history and politics tutor Imogen St George, says, “The visit to Auschwitz has a profound effect on everyone who goes there and it is really important that the students involved can share this experience with others.”
In 2007 Godalming College won first prize in a national schools competition, organised by the Imperial War Museum. The Their Past, Your Future project funded under the Big Lottery Fund’s Veterans Reunited programme enabled twenty-four students to take part in an educational tour of Thailand and Australia and to confront issues such as remembrance and reconciliation head-on. Read the students' story here »