Auschwitz hor­rors shocked pupils

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A dis­play case of hu­man hair in a for­mer con­cen­tra­tion camp room re­vealed the ex­tent of the holo­caust to Camp­bel­town pupils dur­ing a re­cent visit to the no­to­ri­ous camp. James Ives, 17, said: ‘When we went into one room there were these long dis­play cases, run­ning the length of the room, full of hu­man hair which the Nazis col­lected to in­dus­tri­ally man­u­fac­ture into ma­te­rial.’ ‘We did not pay at­ten­tion to the ac­tual length of the room,’ added Shona Bas­sett, 17. ‘It just struck you in the first build­ing of Auschwitz One.’ Be­fore last month’s trip to the Pol­ish camp, where at least 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple were ex­ter­mi­nated by the Nazis, a sur­vivor spoke to the pupils. James con­tin­ued: ‘Eva Clark, who was born in Auschwitz on April 29, 1945, spoke on be­half of the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust which or­gan­ised the one-day trip. ‘It is im­por­tant to learn about what hap­pened so that we can tell the next gen­er­a­tion who will not have the chance to speak to sur­vivors.’ The Pol­ish part of the trip be­gan in Oświęcim which is 35 miles west of Kraków and the site of Auschwitz, the Ger­manic ver­sion of the town’s name. When the pair spoke to the Courier, Shona said: ‘I do not think we have had enough time to process ev­ery­thing we saw.’ James added: ‘Even in the short time that we have been back we have a more con­cise view. The sheer size was mind-bog­gling. ‘It’s just guard tower af­ter guard tower. They were still grow­ing the camp when the war ended. ‘We saw a glimpse of the hor­ror that the peo­ple went through. It is com­pletely hor­rific, a re­minder of what hate is ca­pa­ble of do­ing and it must never hap­pen again.’


Shona Bas­sett and James Ives back at Camp­bel­town Gram­mar School.

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