Forty five pupils from Years 10 -13 visited Krakow over February half term with the Religious Education department. The visit included a powerful meeting with a survivor of Auschwitz who was only a small child when she was imprisoned in the notorious Birkenhau camp.  Mrs Lydia Rose was from a communist family and was taken to the children's barracks at the age of three. The pupils learnt how difficult life was for Lydia in being separated from her mother at such a young age. The pupils were shown the six number tattoo that she was forced to have. As a child she was frightened and lonely in the overcrowded hut and she had to share a bunk with ten other children. The only clear memory that she has of her mother now is that of her mother's hands rather than her face as her mother made every effort to get food to her each day and that is what she focused on was the hands that fed her. Lydia told the pupils that she had met the infamous Dr Mengele who the children nicknamed the angel of death because of his many experiments with many of the children there. 

The pupils then visited Auschwitz the next day and came upon a typical hut that the children would have lived in at that time. The pupils were in awe of meeting one of the last few remaining survivors of the Holocaust and they commented that they would never forget this life changing experience. The pupils showed the utmost respect and maturity throughout this difficult visit and they will go back to Bryntirion and present assemblies to the rest of the school so the 1.1 million lives that were taken at Auschwitz will never be forgotten!