As an extension of Ms. Darby’s T251 Holocaust class, Trinity students traveled to Europe in June to immerse themselves in the history of WWII and the Holocaust on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
A group of 12 Trinity students and six adults landed in London on June 14th and over the course of two weeks visited Portsmouth, St. Mere-Eglais, Arromanches, Longues-sur-Mer, Pont du Hoc, Caen, Paris, Luxembourg City, Bastogne, Amsterdam, Hannover and Berlin.
Ms. Darby provided some of the highlights from the tour: “A WWII tour of St. Paul’s in London, a walk on Omaha Beach, standing inside mortar holes at Pont du Hoc, seeing bullet holes inside the German pill boxes at Longes-sur-Mer, and visiting the 101st museum dedicated to the soldiers that liberated St. Mere Eglais, the first city liberated by the Allies during WWII. There were other highlights including stepping into the foxholes of the 82nd Airborne outside Foy, Belgium, climbing the ladder to the Annex used by Anne Frank and her family while in hiding, hearing the daughter of two Holocaust victims explain how the camps effected her upbringing as well as the lives of her parents, bearing witness at the concentration camps of Bergen-Belsen and Sachsenhausen as well as paying respects to the fallen who gave their lives for our freedom. Students learned how German propaganda led to the rise of anti-Semitism and a hatred for other groups the Germans found to be a threat. As part of their learning experience, students also learned the dangers of staying silent and how it is vital to speak out whenever they see injustice.”
Ms. Darby summed up the unique experience for the guys:
It was a fantastic learning opportunity and chance for Trinity students to learn how other cultures differ from their own. Many of the boys stated that they want to use this experience to drive them to study abroad while in college.
Check out photos from this once-in-a-lifetime experience below!