In March 2016 Senior Lecturers from the Lancashire Law School, Ian Turner and Rachel Nir, took a group of students to Krakow in Poland. There, students had the opportunity to visit the Nazi Camps at Auschwitz: Auschwitz I, the labour camp; and Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death. Auschwitz was liberated close to the end of World War II and now stands as the world famous museum it is today, to remind people of the cruelty and horrors of war. Last year – 2015 – marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The group arrived in Krakow on a Wednesday afternoon and first visited the Oskar Schindler Museum. The story of Oskar Schindler is often associated with the Oscar award winning film ‘Schindler’s List’ by Stephen Spielberg. The story of Schindler does exist: he used his factory to save the lives of over 700 Jews by giving them a place to work. The factory has been transformed into a museum to commemorate the work of Schindler. During the night the group visited the Market Square in Krakow, which is one of the largest Medieval squares in Europe.
The tour of Auschwitz took place the next morning, on the Thursday, with the help of a Polish guide. Whilst at the museum the group had the opportunity to visit the Holocaust Memorial which remembers all the people who died at the camps.
During the afternoon the group was treated to a tour of Krakow. They witnessed spectacular sights including Wawel Castle and the Cathedral.
The trip was a huge success with students taking many positives from it. At the Lancashire Law School we are committed to giving our students a fantastic experience by providing opportunities like this throughout the academic year, just where will we be going next?