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Recently the English Faculty took all of the Year 10 students to Förderverein Gedenkstätte KZ Hinzert near Trier. This was the principal concentration camp used in the Second World War to incarcerate the members of the Luxembourg resistance movement between 1939-1945. Prisoners were put to work on Nazi civil engineering projects such as road building and agricultural jobs in very difficult and harsh conditions.
Students were taken through the forest to various sites in and around the camp where they learnt about day to day life for the prisoners.
Hinzert Concentration Camp incarcerated at least 13,600 total prisoners between September 1939 and March 1945, with an average at 800 prisoners at any given time. According to official counts, around 300 prisoners died in the camp, but French documents refer to upwards of 1000 human remains having been exhumed around the area of the camp after the war.
The camp was officially abandoned on 2-3 March 1945 as the US Army approached.
Students and staff were able to pay their respects to the dead at the official memorial as well a honoring an important chapter in the history of Luxembourg.