Lessons From Auschwitz Project
Emily Nunn and Mathew Chambers recently represented Tavistock College in ‘The Lessons From Auschwitz Project’ run by the Holocaust Memorial Trust. It is a course exploring the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The LFA Project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable. Both students took part in a one day visit to the Nazi concentration and death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Emily and Matthew found the visit exceptionally moving and demanding: however, both are really glad that they were able to be part of the project and are looking forward to sharing their experiences with the wider college community.
Dartmoor Prison Visit
Year 13 law students recently visited Dartmoor Prison to find out more about this aspect of the criminal justice system. Having previously visited magistrates and Crown Court, they discovered what happens to convicted defendants once the judge says ‘Take them down’. Life for the newly convicted was graphically described for students by prison staff, who gave a clear picture of the difficulties and opportunities available to prisoners. Staff from the health care unit explained that many of the inmates arrive with mental health problems: and there are serious anger management issues to be addressed. The fact that the prison population is aging leads to further challenges for staff, with some prisoners suffering from dementia and some long term inmates so institutionalised they would find life outside almost impossible. Students came away with a much clearer picture of life inside Dartmoor, and were very grateful to all the staff who gave up their time to speak to us.