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Aaron K(London, Greater London, UK)says...

I visited Berlin a couple years back and thought I’d learned all there was to know about the Holocaust. I was wrong. Being in a place where so much devastation has been caused to so many, focuses one’s mind on the unspeakable acts committed through sheer hate. The overwhelming emotion you feel when you are standing in a gas chamber that took the last breath of millions of people is harrowing. When you see piles of shoes taken from children who perished can’t help but send a chill through every moral fibre. We owe it to those in our past to speak about it in our future and this experience will stay with me forever. I will think about it when I am talking to communities about living together cohesively and when I am speaking to victims and survivors whose lives have been torn apart by hatred. This was more than a trip; it was an opportunity to learn from our own empathy that we should celebrate that which unites us and condemn that which divides us.

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Ian(London, Greater London, UK)says...

I can’t speak highly enough of Chuni and the local guides who walked us through our visit to Auschwitz, the depth of knowledge and the thoughtful way the story behind these horrific camps was presented was fantastic. I’d happily recommend this tour to anyone.

This trip was a culmination of many years of study into both 1930’s Germany and the Holocaust, though I had mixed feelings about how I’d react to the camps, I’m so pleased I went. The walk down the side of railway tracks towards the rear of Auschwitz Birkenau, heading to what remains of the gas chambers was so very emotional. I thought I knew many of the horrific details of what took place here, but I learnt so much from the wonderful local guides.

I think the Holocaust is so important to learn about, largely because it was humans that committed these acts, the lesson that there is good and evil in all man, should not be forgotten. Very few places in the world demonstrate this more clearly.

Thank you so much.

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Paul Bsays...

Despite learning about the Holocaust from a very early age, nothing quite prepares you for a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. To stand at the spot where a doctor (a doctor) decided, with a flick of a finger, who would live and who would die is truly numbing. Our group walked through the guided tour in almost complete silence, the sheer industrial scale (and methodology) of the atrocity weighing upon us. It ended at a wall of photographs. Families, children, glamorous young women and proud young men with their chests puffed out. Most of them were beaming – and most of them were probably dead within an hour of arrival.

Everyone needs to go to Auschwitz-Birkenau. I’m so grateful to the MPS and Holocaust Awareness for allowing me the opportunity to visit and to put things into perspective

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B A(London)says...

Thank you so much for taking us. As you said, it has taken a few days to sink in and think about where we have been and what we have seen. I have read so many books but nothing is quite the same as seeing those famous railroad tracks and entrance with my own eyes.

You made the trip so interesting and emotional. I found pages of my dad’s family name in the memorial book. That was so very emotional gor me. I only wish he was here to tell in person.

Thank you so much for everything

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Sharon(Greater London, UK)says...

I can’t recommend the Holocaust Awareness trip highly enough, I wasn’t 100% sure how I would react or what exactly to expect. It did not disappoint, it is an honest, respectful (warts and all) experience which has been life changing.

I went through a range of emotions and thoughts in less than 24 hours (anger, sadness, shame, respect, hope). I suspect it will take quite some time to REALLY process what I just witnessed.

Pin your ears back and pack tissues as this truly reveals the horrors that intolerance breeds. The importance of speaking out against wrong doing, talking about difference, the need to educate self and others around difference. I will take this experience forward into my work and everyday life and never forget what I have seen or the people that suffered/were murdered.

Even more importantly as a human being the need to be tolerant of others, value diversity, difference to make sure atrocities like these are never repeated. Thanks to Chuni and Anna ;-)