Year 9 School Trip
On Thursday Year 9 students visited the Children’s War and Holocaust Exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum. The reconstruction of a 1940s house caught their imagination, particularly the Morrison shelter where the family would have sheltered during air raids.
However, the Holocaust Exhibition provided the most moving and memorable impressions of the day - a model of Auschwitz showing the selection process, racks of shoes, some child-sized, striped jackets worn by concentration camp inmates and photographs of some of the six million people who died in the camps.
Taking a line from a poem written by a child in Terezin concentration camp –“weave a wreath of memory ... then if tears obscure your way you’ll know how wonderful it is to be alive”, one of the museum educators, herself a Holocaust survivor, encouraged us to write our memories of our visit on a ‘wreath’ and to live our lives to the full as, by doing that, we honour those whose lives were taken away.