Deputy PM goes to Auschwitz
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-10-22
Clegg makes Holocaust visit
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has joined more than 280 students from across UK on the 100th Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz.
Since launching the project 13 years ago, more than 18,000 students and teachers have had an opportunity to see for themselves what happened in the Nazi death camp as part of a programme that allows every school and college in the UK to send two students on a visit to the German camps in Poland.
“Forgetfulness is the surest way that hatred, violence and prejudice carries on and repeats itself," said the Deputy Prime Minister. "So to teach generations who don’t have any direct contact with what happened in the war by showing them places like this is an antidote against forgetting and against antisemitism. It’s also a great antidote against extremism and prejudice more generally.”
According to the Holocaust Educational Trust, over the last 12 months 60,000 students have heard a Holocaust survivor speak in their school or college and 1000 teachers have been given training by the the Trust.
“We are delighted that the Deputy Prime Minister was able to join students on the occasion of our 100th Lessons from Auschwitz course and witness the profound effect visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau has had on them," said the Trust chief executive Karen Pollock. "HET’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project is such a vital part of our work because it gives students the chance to understand the dangers and potential effects of prejudice and racism today."