Since 1999, over 41,000 students and teachers have taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust's groundbreaking Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

Based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing', this four-part course explores 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.

The visits to the former Nazi concentration and death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau are preceded and followed by half-day seminars in order to ensure an exceptional educational experience.

1. Orientation

Hear a Holocaust survivor speak, learn about pre-war Jewish life and prepare for the visit.

2. The Visit

Visit Poland for one day to tour authentic sites and museum exhibits.

3. Follow-up

Reflect on the visit and the contemporary relevance of the lessons of the Holocaust.

4. Next steps

Design and carry out a plan to spread the lessons and take action.

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Funding for the Project is provided by the Department for Education in England and by the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Holocaust Educational Trust Update - 16th March 2020

For information on submitting your Next Steps in light of school closures and social distancing, please see our Next Steps COVID-19 FAQs.

Updated - 16 April 2020

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Trust has been continually monitoring UK government and NHS advice. The safety and wellbeing of our participants, our stakeholders, our Holocaust survivors and our staff is of paramount importance.

On the 11th March we suspended all our overseas educational projects, Lessons from Auschwitz and Belsen 75, until the end of March. On 16th March, we decided to extend this until the end of April. This decision will remain under review while Coronavirus remains a risk.  It is worth noting the Polish government has announced closure of all museums, including Auschwitz-Birkenau from 12th March 2020. 

We are suspending all planned gatherings, all of our overseas projects and in-person educational programmes, effective immediately until the end of April when we will review.

We are not aware of any specific risks related to our overseas projects that would impact our participants and there are no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst any of our staff, volunteers, partners or participants. We are taking this action as a precautionary measure.

News of future Projects will be shared as soon as possible. Should you have any questions, please see our FAQs here.