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Information session for Holocaust education trip on Oct. 8

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Teachers Rachel Metalin and Anne Kaye led a non-denominational Holocaust education trip to Poland and the Czech Republic in March with UCC boys, ranging from Foundation Year to IB2.

Metalin will lead another Holocaust education trip to Poland and Austria this coming March. It will differ from the traditional service trip by offering an international educational trip for students wishing to learn more about history, the Holocaust and 20th century genocide.

Students will visit multiple locations in Poland, including Warsaw, Plaszow, Tykocin, Lublin, Majdanek, Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. They’ll visit Mauthausen Concentration Camp and the Hartheim Center and explore Vienna while in Austria.

Veteran guides will accompany the group throughout the trip to ensure students receive the utmost from the experience. Upon return, students will organize and facilitate a CAS project to help disseminate what they learned to the UCC community.

If you’re interested in learning more about this trip, Metalin will be available at an information session Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in room 245. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to contact her at rmetalin@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions beforehand.

Here are testimonials of students who participated in the trip last March:

“The March of the Living trip was like no other. Not only did it give the others and me insight into the tragedy that was the Holocaust, but it also made us realize how lucky we are to live in a civil society, while also building life-long friendships. For us it was more than a journey; it was what the journey stood for.

“Through being in the physical spaces of the Holocaust we vowed to bring our experiences home and ensure that it never happens again! There are [no other trips] that  can make you feel as intense emotion. And there are [no other trips] that change you as profoundly as this one.”

-IB1 student

“The trip was the most impactful experience I’ve participated in. The trip gave me valuable insights into both history and humanity and its struggles. The reason I initially went on the trip was because of my interest in history. My view of history was immensely impacted by this trip, and I would consider it a defining moment in both my study of history and my development as a human being.

“The trip really enhanced my view of history by giving a human view of the consequences of anti-semitism and xenophobia, and by showing how minorities were treated in Nazi Germany. The trip also helped me empathize with the millions of victims of the Holocaust on a more personal level than reading a book could.”

-IB1 student