Last week as part of an English & History joint study topic for iGCSE, Year 11 students visited the former German concentration and work camp at Hinzert. The concentration camp was used to imprison hundreds of Luxembourg citizens during the Second World War. On a very cold, windy and snowy day, the students learnt how prisoners at the camp were put to work in terrible conditions as part of the German war effort, they learnt that many of the Luxembourgish resistance fighters were imprisoned and later executed for their courage in fighting the occupying forces. They fought the forces by arranging strikes, civil disobedience and other activities designed to hamper the German advance.
A couple of weeks ago, the students had a visit from one of the volunteer historians, the volunteers are working hard to preserve the camp as a memorial to the hundreds who died there. It was a very interesting and poignant day for students who benefited from examining first hand evidence of this important aspect of Luxembourg's history.