Scotland’s Deputy First Minister joins 200 students in Auschwitz visit
John Swinney visited the Nazi death camp as part of a project set up by the Holocaust Educational Trust
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney joined around two hundred students from across Scotland to visit the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project.
Now in its eighteenth year, the project is based on the premise that “hearing is not like seeing”. On the visit, students first visited Oświęcim, the town where the Nazi concentration and death camp was located and where, before the war, 58 percent of the population was Jewish.
Students then visited Auschwitz I to see the former camp’s barracks and crematoria and witnessed the piles of belongings that were seized by the Nazis.
They concluded the visit by spending time at the main killing centre of Birkenau where the day concluded with candle lighting and a period of reflection to remember the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the other victims of Nazi persecution.
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The H.E.T. was founded by the Jew, Greville Janner. Janner died whilst standing trial in England for raping underage boys.