At The Two Counties Trust we place great importance on history and value the lessons it can teach us all. It is for this reason, 30 Wilsthorpe Sixth Form students recently travelled to Kraków, Poland.

After arriving, students immediately took the opportunity to sightsee the city’s beautiful castle as well as its cathedral. They then explored the historic Kraków ghetto which was a sombre experience for all. On the second day, the students travelled to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death camps. Students respectfully explored an intense visualisation of the horror inflicted on Jews and other groups across Europe at the hands of the Nazis. After visiting the sites, the students travelled to the Galicia Museum where they met a Holocaust survivor. The survivor spoke with students, imparting her own story and the lasting impact the ordeal had on her life. After this emotional day the students took time to reflect on the horrendous injustices inflicted on millions of people through World War II.

On day three the students travelled 135 meters below ground to a salt mine. The solid rock salt walls have been carved into an array of grand halls, sculptures and even chapels. They even got to partake in the age-old tradition of licking the salt walls!

Throughout the trip all of the students demonstrated immense empathy and maturity beyond their years which is a testament to them and their families and teachers.