School pupils at Bishop Challoner study horrors of Auschwitz 70 years ago
- Credit: Bishop Challoner School
Pupils have been spending their lunchtime at school in London’s East End studying the horrors at Auschwitz Nazi death camp 70 years ago.
Sixth-form student Hafsah Jalloh has been staging an exhibition at Stepney’s Bishop Challoner Secondary of photographs she took on a school trip to Auschwitz.
“What I saw at Auschwitz had such a profound effect on me,” she said. “I wanted to share the experience with the rest of the school.”
Her visit has given her “a feeling of responsibility” to fight discrimination so that future generations do not feel inferior.
“I became more empathetic and had a better understanding of suffering,” Hafsah added.
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“I felt an overwhelming feeling of suffering in Auschwitz and the pain of those imprisoned and murdered there.
“This made me question humanity and how a whole population could have been manipulated into discriminating against and persecuting a harmless race”.
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Her two-week exhibition opened for Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 which commemorates the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz, where well over a million Jews—men, women and children—were murdered after being rounded up by the Nazis in Occupied Europe during the Second World War.