Collyer’s History students, Aaminah Azoor, Ben Phillips and Alex MacPherson all visited Bergen-Belsen in March as part of a project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the UCL Centre of Holocaust Education. The students have continued their projects whilst in lockdown and all three have completed video projects discussing the Camp and took part in the huge Memorial Project called Belsen 75.
The Holocaust Education Trust have recently delivered the Belsen 75 Programme in partnership with UCL Centre for Holocaust Education and with support from the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.
Collyer’s Head of History Lucy MacDonald explained: “This programme was funded by the Department for Education and was designed to educate students across England about the history of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and its liberation by British forces.”
Teachers were sent bespoke educational resources and through the Belsen 75 microsite can access brand new innovative digital and interactive recorded survivor testimony. Additionally, near to 1,000 students and teachers travelled to the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.
Lucy MacDonald commended the Collyer’s students’ independent work. She said: “I am really proud of them for doing this without the support they would normally have had through seminars with me and the Trust.”
Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell added: “Aaminah, Ben and Alex are an absolute credit to the Collyer’s community. We are massively proud of their contribution to the important work of the Holocaust Educational Trust and the UCL Centre of Holocaust Education.”