His attitude was that the only ones who could forgive the Holocaust were already dead

By Keir Mudie

Education Reporter

STUDENTS from Cumbrian schools attended a seminar in Newcastle on Sunday to prepare them for a visit to Auschwitz next week.

Sixth-formers from Brampton’s William Howard School, Penrith’s Ullswater Community College, and Whitehaven School will set off from Newcastle Airport on October 2 to visit the site as part of an educational visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

At the seminar at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle, the students were briefed about the background to Auschwitz and told what to expect during their visit.

After a presentation detailing the history of Jewish settlement in Western Europe, students listened to survivor testimony from Zigi Shipper.

Mr Shipper, who was born in Lodz, Poland, was ten years old when he was taken to Auschwitz.