The countdown to an educational visit to Poland has begun for a group of cadets and CFAVs from the Battalion.
On Sunday 31st January, the group will fly to Krakow to undertake a 5 day educational excursion focusing on the period of The Holocaust.
This is the third occasion that a group from the Battalion has undertaken this educational visit, led by Major Darren Hughes, OC B Company.
The Poland Project, as it is known, involves the participants studying the Holocaust over a period of 12 months. During this time the participants complete 4 comprehensive workbooks which focus on areas of the History of WWII, Auschwitz, Oskar Schindler, and Krakow itself. This provides the participants with a valuable insight into the tragic events of that era and educates and prepares them for their educational visit.
During their 5 days in Poland the group will visit old Jewish ghettos, Auschwitz/Birkenau camps, and the Oskar Schindler factory along with other places of historical interest. They will also have the very unique opportunity of meeting, and engaging with, a holocaust survivor to hear first-hand the terrible torture that they suffered at the hands of the Nazis.
Participants require to pay a financial contribution towards the project, with the remaining monies be sourced locally through fundraising and generous donations from organisations such as Lowland RFCA who have donated £1000 towards the cost of the trip.
Major Darren Hughes, OIC of the project said:
“The Poland project provides the participants with an invaluable insight into the atrocities associated with the Holocaust. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the cadets to experience and also supplements greatly, their existing understanding of the history of WWII.
On completion of this project I would have taken over 100 cadets and adult volunteers to Poland during the past three years which I think is fantastic for those involved to experience. The feedback I receive from those who make the trip is overwhelming and an experience that they will never forget. This I feel is a very important aspect to help prevent such tragedies In future years.
I would like to personally thank LRFCA for their continued support for this project”