Thirteen young people from New Lodge Arts and New Lodge Youth Centre went on an educational visit to Krakow, Poland to learn about World War II. During the four day trip, the young people visited local museums including the Oskar Schlinder Factory and spent a day visiting Auschwitz Camp. The group were overwhelmed by the impact the War had on the Jewish community in Krakow and the devastating impact of the Nazi regime. The group were most affected by the images of children who suffered and died in Auschwitz – many of them exterminated in the gas chambers. The visit brought to life the harrowing impact of the Holocaust and the devastation caused in Poland.
Anne Delaney, Arts Programme & Operations Manager at New Lodge Arts, says: ‘The project is the beginning of our exploration into World War II. Last year, the group visited London, France and Belgium learning about WWI which had a big impact on the young people. They were keen to learn about WWII and we hope to secure funding to bring them on additional trips later in the year to Germany.’
One participant from North Belfast described the project as "I thought the trip was brilliant and very beneficial, it has made more aware of the world and what it holds that's it's not always what you expect, I couldn’t believe 1.3million people were brought to Auschwitz, this has definitely helped me to show respect towards people, overall a very amazing and unforgettable trip’