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Robyn Hendry

Course: BA (Hons) Sociology

Auschwitz, Poland (2013) Field Trip

As part of their degree sociology students have the opportunity to travel abroad. Each year the University offer a trip to Poland to visit the concentration camps at Aushwitz.

"I always wanted to go and visit Poland to see the concentration camps in Auschwitz, so when I got the email from the University to go, I jumped at the opportunity. I learnt a lot from this trip, the history of concentration camps, details of filming Schlindler’s list and the culture of Krakow. Despite the warmest temperature being -8, the snowy cold weather made the trip great. We walked around outside for both of the tours and the cold barely bothered me since I was so interested in what our tour guides had to say. My favourite tour had to be the Schlindler’s List tour, despite not seeing the film prior to the trip, when I got back I watched it. The tour did not spoil my enjoyment of the film, if anything it made it more interesting. Visiting Auschwitz was a completely new experience; it was shocking to see what happened at these camps and to see the evidence that was left over. What was most mind blowing though was to think most of it got destroyed, so what you see is a tiny bit of what was there during the war. Overall I really enjoyed this trip and I consider it the best academic trip I have been on, and that was all down to the tour guides we had. I recommend it to anyone interested because there is nothing like it."

Robyn Hendry, Year 3 BA (Hons) Sociology student


Flats used in a scene in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List


Hairbrushes and toothbrushes that were left behind (taken by the Nazis).


Entrance of Auschwitz I


A suitcase owned by someone who was deported to Auschwitz, the case states their year of birth was 1942, meaning they were 2 or 3 years old when they were killed.


Monument in the old ghetto square. When the Jews were deported from the ghetto to Auschwitz their possessions ended up being left in the square. The chairs are a symbol of the possessions left and they are facing away from the city centre to the train station which was connected to Auschwitz.



The gas chamber room where people were killed, in Auschwitz I.