Rose Ahier, current VP Welfare and Diversity, has returned from a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of a wider group taking part in the Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project on Monday 19th November. The group included Sabbatical Officers from around the UK, as well as NUS representatives.
The project, co-founded by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Union of Jewish Students, is aimed at providing further education around the Holocaust and antisemitism. During the visit, Rose had the opportunity to have a full tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, giving her and the other attendees the chance to gain further insight into the horrific events that occurred at the Nazi concentration and death camp.
The visit placed an emphasis on reflection, something that Rose acknowledges is particularly important given the rise of antisemitism on university campuses around the UK. Rose will be travelling to London next week to engage in a seminar with the group she attended the visit with, providing another opportunity to discuss and reflect on the trip.
Rose is keen to apply the education she has received throughout the experience here at University of Exeter Students’ Guild as part of her role.