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Year 10 Holocaust Museum Excursion – Through Student Eyes
On Thursday 6 March all Year 10 semester one history classes went on an excursion to the Holocaust Museum as part of the World War 2 Unit. This excursion was aimed at giving us an insight into the experiences of the Jewish people and what life was like during that time. While there, we were initially told about the various events that occurred during World War 2 so that we had a basic understanding when a survivor spoke to us. Immediately after, one of the survivors spoke to us about his experiences. It was very saddening to think of how one human being can do such a horrific thing to another. After listening to the story of a survivor, we walked through the rest of the museum with a guide who explained the various artefacts recovered from the horrific war. Going through the whole museum felt quite depressing but also surprising to learn that there were a few German soldiers who cared for the Jewish people by helping them survive. Although the museum and stories we heard made us feel sad, the excursion proved to be an interesting and enlightening day.
Christopher Alevizos, 10S2
The day began at 9:00am and we were all looking forward to going to the Holocaust Museum. When we had arrived we were brought into a room where we sat down and were showed a short slide show/PowerPoint presentation which gave us a brief understanding and knowledge of what was happening around this time. Once the short film had finished the group was spilt into two, one was to stay and listen to an old man who had survived the Holocaust and the other group would continue on to look at the museum. The man who came to speak to us told us his life story which was a very honest recount. He told us about how he was moved to the concentration camps and how his parents were taken away from him. He explained that as he moved with his parents, scuffling through the crowds waiting to follow the words of the leader at the time, that a man came past and grabbed him and shoved him aside – telling him he would have more chance of living – that was the last time he saw his parents. The man also brought along with him a poem which was written and carried with him throughout the war. He asked a volunteer to read it as he said he was too emotional for him to read out loud. We then moved onto the museum, we were shown different images and real life clothing and souvenirs from that time. The museum contained a picture of the old man working in the toy factory, alongside one of his friends who he used to talk to. The museum also showed the clothes that they wore and it even had a little red velvet dress that a small girl wore before she passed away. The museum showed many great pictures to help us understand and open our minds to this terribly tragic time. All in all it was a fantastic day which was very educational and helped me open my mind to different facts about the Holocaust and what happened at the time.
Thursday 6 March saw all Year 10 History students attended the Holocaust Museum excursion. While there, we were put into a room and were shown a quick introduction on The Holocaust. After watching and finding out what would be on the schedule for the day and asking questions, the group was split in two. One half was taken down to the museum while the others (my group) stayed in the lecture room. While in there, an old man came to the front and introduced himself. We soon found out that he was actually one of the Holocaust survivors. He began to tell us his story explaining how he survived and the challenges he was faced with. After spending a half hour talking to him, we again had our question time. Our group had to swap spots with others, so we were taken down to the museum and they moved into the room to receive their talk. While in the museum we were shown all different types of artefacts and valuables that had survived the Holocaust. As we passed through the museum, we were shown many interesting things, one being a diary kept by one of the NAZIS, which showed the different ways that they had killed the Jews that particular day – a horrific, but very real insight. Once we had finished seeing everything we were all bought into one large group again and shared what we had learnt over the course of the day.
Massimo Dell’Arciprete, 10A2
Personally, the Holocaust Museum was an incredible experience for me. The day started off with a presentation that was very interesting. I was able to learn information that I never knew before, which included confronting footage of bodies recorded by an American soldier. What was great about the presentation is that it incorporated the Holocaust Survivor Tour Guides, who shared first hand pictures and evidence. My group then listened in on Tuvia (not clear on the spelling of his name), and it was just an eye-opener to hear his story. He spoke about a variety of things; how as a child he arrived at the camp, how the number tattoo on his left forearm got there, the story of separation from his father, and how a German soldier saved his life – it really was both overwhelming and captivating – and a great experience!
David Luong, 10S5
Our trip to the Holocaust Museum was both interesting and valuable, as it was good to know what was really happening at Auschwitz at the time when they wanted to eliminate all of the Jews, (blaming them for the problems when they were less than 1 percent of the German population). I had no idea that the number was so high – 6 million! I was equally as surprised and shocked to hear that this figure equalled to 60 MCGs – one full is just so many people, let alone 6! I thought that it was really great that Abe talked to us and about the experiences that he lived through as a Holocaust Survivor.
Arjay Bywaters, 10S3
On Thursday 6 March we visited the Jewish Holocaust Museum. Only when we went I realised how much of a significant place it was. All the pictures on the walls, the videos and the presentations were so interesting, but at the same time devastating to look at. It was actually good to finally have a look and go into deeper detail to see what the holocaust and the final solution was all about. What was really interesting, was to witnessed one of the Jews (that had survived the time period of exterminating the Jews) actually talking to us about what had happened to him and how he went about, including the things he witnessed. I enjoyed the trip very much as it will also benefit me for my history class as it has made me develop a further understanding about what the time was like in the early 1940’s with Hitler and the Jews.
John Fouad, 10M1