A Teacher In Poland

A Chemical Orthodoxy

Before World War II, there were just short of 3,500,000 Jews in Poland. Today, there are 16,000. This was not a natural attrition. This is not the product of voluntary population movements. Between September 1939 and the end of the war in 1945 the German Nazis murdered 3,000,000 Polish Jews. Poland left the USSR in 1989. Since then, Jewish students from all over the world have made journeys to Poland in what is becoming a rite of passage. I had never been before, and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on a trip with 48 fantastic sixth formers and 3 inspirational colleagues. The mighty pens of Primo Levi, Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel and Victor Frankl have struggled to describe the indescribable and conceptualise the events of the darkest period of human history. Below are my attempts to make sense of what I saw and what it means…

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