Holocaust tells us 'never judge' people

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Schoolchildren have been learning hard-hitting lessons about the Holocaust which wiped out six million Jews during the Second World War.

Youngsters at Horndean Technology College and Crookhorn College of Technology were given presentations about one of the darkest periods in the history of modern Europe by South Downs College students Josh Whatsize and Lauren Walters.

Josh, 17, and Lauren, 18, won an opportunity to visit concentration camp Auschwitz in November as part of a Lessons from Auschwitz scheme organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Josh said: 'Without sounding like a clich, the experience changed my life.

'Through the scheme we not only visited Auschwitz which was haunting, but we also met Holocaust survivor Zigi Schipper who escaped death by being transferred to a labour camp.'

Rory Falconer, 14, from Horndean, said: 'The talk has broadened my understanding of what happened and given me even more facts.

'So many other types of people were persecuted and killed, not just Jewish people.

'It's very important that we learn from our mistakes – we need to stop this from happening again.'

His classmate Lauren Efford, 14, added: 'The session was very informative, although upsetting at times. It's taught me you should never judge someone.'

Lucy Fenton, 15, from Crookhorn, said: 'It was the Holocaust in a way I hadn't experienced it before.

'It was very thoughtful and made me see the deaths as individual tragedies and not just a whole.'

Matthew Carver, head of history at Crookhorn, said the presentation was excellent and informative.

'It was great for our students to be addressed by people of a similar age and many found this inspirational,' he said.

'I've been impressed with the enthusiastic reaction of all the people who saw the presentation and the questions they have.

'From a personal point of view the presentation helped me come to terms with the extent and magnitude of this horrific event.'