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Lessons from Auschwitz

Bryanston pupils have been taking part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project, organised by the Holocaust Education Trust (HET), for a number of years. This year’s participants not only shared their experiences with the school in assembly, but also created a moving, interactive art installation.

As part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project the pupils, Tazu and Ollie, heard the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and shared their reflections with the rest of the school in a moving assembly towards the end of the summer term.

In addition, they created an interactive art installation to commemorate the child victims of the Holocaust by planting a bare branch in the Main Hall. Tazu and Ollie asked staff and fellow pupils to pause as they passed the memorial tree and to tie to the tree a piece of paper with the name and age of a child victim on it. The tree started out bare and within a few days was filled with leaves of white paper, bringing home the scale of the Holocaust and encouraging others to engage with the topic.

You can also download Tazu’s personal account of her visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau below.