With Holocaust Memorial Day being commemorated across the world on 27th January, we share today important historic places, ideal for WWII History school trips and educational tours with a special focus on learning about the Holocaust and the Second World War:
KRAKOW AND AUSCHWITZ
The Polish city of Krakow and nearby Auschwitz are possibly the best place in the world to learn about the horrors of WWII, the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.
Located a few kms outside Krakow, the harrowing Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp memorial and museum was the largest and one of the most infamous concentration camps during World War II. A synonym of the Holocaust, Auschwitz is a must-see for all future generations.
In Krakow, students can see the city’s fashionable and cultured Jewish Quarter Kazimierz District, where the vibrant Polish Jewish community lived until the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1930s. It was here there Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List was film.
Students can also walk the corridors of Oskar Schindler’s Factory, today part of the Historical Museum of Krakow. It is the former enamel factory owned by business man Oskar Schindler who rescued thousands during World War II and whose story was turned into award winning movie Shindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.
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Shaped by the scars of the Great War and particularly WWII, Berlin is a popular destination for school trips with a historic focus.
A city tour of Berlin introduces students to the vibrant and diverse German capital, its history and most important landmarks, many of them linked with WWII and the Cold War such as the remains of the Berlin Wall.
Berlin has many superb museums, for history students we suggest a visit to the Topography of Terror Museum dedicated to one of the darkest chapters in the relatively recent history of the city and country. The museum is a place of remembrance located in the building that was once the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS central command.
Located just 35kms from Berlin, the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum is a sombre reminder of the cruelty of the Nazi regime and all the lives lost during the Holocaust. Thousands of prisoners were interned at Sachsenhausen from 1936 to 1945.
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BATTLEFIELDS OF NORMANDY
Another great educational destination for WWII history school trips is the French region of Normandy where students can visit the beaches where the D Day landings took place in 1944 and some of the most important battle sites and war memorials in Normandy.
Over 150,000 Allied troops from Britain, Canada and the United States landed on the Normandy shores in Northern France in June 1944, marking the beginning of the end of World War II.
Poignant memorials, museums such as Utah Beach Landing Museum and Airborne Museum and soldier cemeteries such as Ranville War Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery are a poignant reminder of the horrors of war and honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the conflict.
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Please note all itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to your teaching and group needs, including additional days and activities if required.
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