North-East students join MP for visit to Auschwitz

MORE than 100 students from across the region will join an MP on an organised visit to Auschwitz tomorrow (Wednesday, November 7).

The Holocaust Education Trust trip will see 150 students fly to Poland tomorrow morning accompanied by Tom Blenkinsop, the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

Two of the pupils attending are Lorna Metcalfe, 17, and Killian Craddock, both from Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, East Cleveland.

As part of the preparation for the trip all students have been to a seminar in Newcastle to learn from a Holocaust survivor.

It is the third year Prior Pursglove has given students the opportunity to visit the notorious World War II concentration camp.

Lorna said: “I was studying the Holocaust, so when I heard that college were giving two students the chance of the trip I thought it would be good for me to go and experience it rather than just rely on what I have been reading in books and on the internet."

Killian added: “I’m expecting to feel a little overwhelmed for all the things we are going to see while we are there.”

The students were chosen because they had spent time researching the project and thinking about how they would use their visit after they returned.

Psychology teacher Kim Lambert said: “We are pleased our students can act as fantastic ambassadors for the project and keep the memory alive by sharing their experience with people, both older and younger, when they get back.”

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