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Historic Krakow

Posted on: March 7th 2017

Poland wieliczka photo from salt mineYear 10 and 11 students have recently had the chance to visit the historic city of Krakow in Poland, which provided an exceptional opportunity for the students to experience and reflect upon the issues raised during WWII and the Holocaust.  With guided visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau, tours of the salt mines at Wieliczka and the Old Jewish Quarter at Kazimierz, the students’ GCSE studies were enriched by the experience, with the visit described as “life enhancing” by Head of Religious Studies, Ms Rachel Stobbart.

“Our excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine took us 130 metres underground to experience its incredible chapels, painstakingly carved out of salt by the miners over many years. The detail and intricacy of these chapels were spectacular to see and left all of us astounded at what can be achieved in such unlikely places. In stark contrast, our tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau was most poignant, with students experiencing many emotions. Our trip really was eye opening and an experience that I am sure we will never forget. As George Santayana said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”; we hope that by making this trip we ensure such acts never happen again.”

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