School Trip Provided a Chilling Lesson. HOLOCAUST: Sixth Formers Admit They Were Shocked by Visit to Concentration Camps

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Byline: By Lucy Lynch EDUCATION REPORTER

THE sheer scale of the killing made a lasting impression on a group of Coventry students who visited two former Nazi concentration camps.

A group of 22 sixth formers from the fee-paying Bablake School, in Coundon Road, Radford, went on a three-day trip to Poland.

They visited the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Berkenau.

They saw some of the gas chambers where thousands of Jewish people, Jehovah's Witnesses, political prisoners and gay people were killed during the Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s.

All the pupils on the visit were sixth formers, with some studying religion as part of their A-levels.

What struck most of the pupils was the scale of the camps and huge numbers of people they were designed to kill.

Pupil Ira Kleine, aged 17, said: "It only sunk in afterwards how big it was. At Berkenau the camp seems to go on and on over the horizon.

"Until you confront it face to face there is a certain distance but visiting somewhere like that brings home what happened. …