AROUND 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz. That’s the same number as the population of Devon.
The biggest of the Nazi concentration camps in occupied Poland, Auschwitz was eventually liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. Every year on that date, people across the UK remember the victims of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution and try to learn lessons from its unspeakable horror.
Two Morecambe Community High School pupils, Lizz Hunt and Hazel Dixon, visited Auschwitz last October, themselves hoping to gain some kind of understanding of the unthinkable.
They returned humbled by what they saw.
“My expectations were blown away,” said Lizz, a history and psychology student.
“I thought I would be able to get through it without breaking down but I didn’t.”
Hazel, who studies ethics and philosophy, said: “It makes you feel more grateful for what you have at home.
“It was really upsetting.”
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