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Krakow - 23 to 25 October


Thirty-nine Year 10 and 11 students recently took up the opportunity to travel to Krakow in Poland. The main aim of this trip was to learn about the Holocaust, Jewish life in Krakow both before and after Nazi occupation and to allow the students to see and understand Poland’s culture today.

Students were treated to a guided tour of Krakow’s Historic Centre, a personal talk from the one of the curators at the Jewish Galicia Museum, a fascinating tour of the old Jewish District of Krakow and some free time to explore the beautiful city of Krakow. Without a doubt, the main event of the trip was the visit to the Auschwitz concentration camps, where so many thousands met their end. The visit had a profound effect on the students' outlook on life and understanding of what lows humanity can sink too.

The trip was a resounding success in which many of the students discovered new knowledge and experiences which will no doubt help them in their studies and future endeavours. In addition to this, many students grew as people, exploring a new country and having the opportunity to gain some independence.

The students' behaviour was excellent and they were a true credit to The Harefield Academy. The History, Ethics and wider Humanities department looks forward to planning many more trips in the near future.