As part of the 6th form NOCN Religious Education curriculum, Year 13 form students visited The Holocaust Centre in Nottingham on Friday 14th March 2014.
The students were delegates at a History and RE Conferences for 6th form students. The conference academic speakers were Professor Aubrey Newman, Former Director, The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, Leicester University who presented the “The Problem of Evil” and Dr Isabel Wollaston, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham who presented “The Development of the Final Solution.”
During the lunch break, students had opportunity to visit the Holocaust exhibition and the Journey memorial which covers the events of the 1939 Kindertransport rescue of 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi occupied Europe to the United Kingdom. Time was also spent in the memorial garden which is dedicated to those who have lost their life as a result of genocide; an experience which is heightened by the peaceful setting that the center finds itself located. (Laxton, Newark, Notts)
The afternoon session, which was the highlight of the conference featured a ninety minute testimony from a camp survivor Dr. Martin Stern. His testimony was a moving personal experience which reinforced the learning that had already taken place back in the classroom.
The website for centre is www.holocaustcentre.net and Mr.Postlethwaite who organised the trip recommends a visit if you are ever in the Newark area as there are events on at the centre throughout the whole of the year.