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Year 6 pupils from Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary visit The Journey at The Holocaust Centre

On Monday, October 7, Year 6 at Bourne Abbey visited The Journey at The National Holocaust Centre (Beth Shalom).

The Journey is the first exhibition to be built in the UK that teaches children about aspects of German society in the 1930s that contributed to the Holocaust.

It tells the story of Leo, a fictional German-Jewish boy living in Berlin during Nazi rule, who eventually arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport.

BAPA Beth Shalom (19826516)
BAPA Beth Shalom (19826516)

The children were able to interactively explore life in Nazi Germany from the perspective of Leo and reflect on their experiences as they journeyed through a series of rooms, which not only detailed Leo’s experience but also that of children who lived during the Holocaust and survived.

We were also able to listen to a Holocaust survivor who described his own journey and how he found life during the Second World War.

We also considered how there are some children in the world today who are still being treated unjustly or are in danger from war and conflict.

BAPA Beth Shalom (19826520)
BAPA Beth Shalom (19826520)

Y6 were very moved by their trip and understood the importance of what they had learned and how it might affect their choices in the future to ensure a better life for everyone.

Claire Dickinson, Year 6 leader, said: “This was a superb learning experience and Year 6 were exemplary in their mature attitudes, questions and responses.

"We look forward to using this trip in our future Second World War learning to delve deeper into life during the war.”

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