Belsen 75 Project

History teacher Miss McGinley and students Max Nervi and Olivia Coxon are on the start of a fascinating project that aims to celebrate and remember the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp in what is today Lower Saxony in Northern Germany, southwest of the town of Bergen.

The project 'Belsen 75' is a four-part course designed to provide young people with the opportunity to reflect upon the significance of Bergen-Belsen, its liberation, and its continuing legacy, and to explore the individual stories of those who experienced the site first hand.

The course began with a ‘Pre-Visit’ seminar on Sunday, and will include the day trip to Bergen-Belsen on Wednesday 4 March. After their return the students will attend a ‘Reflections and Legacy’ seminar before submitting their completed project at the end of April.

Miss McGinley said, "I am hoping that our students will get a clear understanding of how the events of the Holocaust impact on the world today and how communities need to work together to ensure that we learn from the past. I also hope that this visit will spread the message of remembrance and  commemoration throughout the whole college with the work that Olivia and Max will do when they return."

About Belsen 75

On April 15th, 1945 British troops of the 11th Armoured Division liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Schools and colleges across the country are invited to join a unique commemorative initiative in 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation and be part of this important national moment. Schools and colleges across the country have been invited to join in with the commemorative initiative.

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