Slideshow: Pupils’ trip marks 70 years since liberation of Auschwitz

Carrickfergus Borough Council’s Good Relations Office is to host a screening of the film ‘The Liberation of Auschwitz’ for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The film, which will be shown in the Dobbs Room, Carrick Town Hall this evening (Wednesday) also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious concentration camp.

Some of the Carrick students during the trip to Auschwitz.  INCT 04-722-CON

Some of the Carrick students during the trip to Auschwitz. INCT 04-722-CON

It follows a recent four-day trip to Poland and Auschwitz by eight history students from Carrick’s post-primary schools.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’, recognising everyone’s fundamental human right to freedom of speech. A spokesperson for the local authority said: “While the right to speak up may seem an uncomplicated concept, the untold stories of the past have shown us that voices have been taken away, and are ignored or still silenced to this day.

“Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us to share the lessons of the past and the present, using our voices to create a safer and better future.”

For the full story on the students’ visit to Poland, see this week’s Times.