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History students become ambassadors for Holocaust project

Two hard-working History students have been chosen as ambassadors for a well-established project that aims to educate young people about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.

Anna Donoghue, pictured in the yellow top below, formerly of Hall Mead School and Becky Wingett, below, who went to Abbs Cross, have attended seminars, talks and taken part in a visit to the former Nazi concentration and death camp of Auschwitz in Poland as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project, run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

As ambassadors the students will have to use their experiences to spread to others the lessons they have learned and will get involved in Havering Sixth Form College’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

The girls were chosen because of their outstanding summer homework assignments.

Anna said: “I have found the project – and particularly the visit to Auschwitz – really interesting. It has made me think deeply about the issues and has motivated me to try to do something to make a change.

“I learned that the same things are still happening today, such as persecution in Syria, and I feel that as young people, we have the potential to change things and make a difference.”

Becky said: "It was an amazing opportunity - I have always wanted to visit the concentration camps and this project has enabled me to do that. It was something I'll never forget."

The students intend to spread the message of the project to others in the College by putting up a display of photos they took to compare life during the Holocaust to the lives that many young people in the UK are privileged to lead today.

History tutor Penny Jackson said: “Both Anna and Becky are deserving winners. I am delighted that they are participating in the project, which is a great opportunity for them. Although it is challenging and can be emotional, it really brings into focus the atrocities of the Holocaust and they will be great ambassadors for the College.”