PUPILS from St Ives School were involved in a moving film about their visit to Auschwitz that was unveiled as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.
The film was screened as part of an event at New County Hall in Truro on Monday.
Nine young men from schools from St Ives School and Richard Lander School in Truro were filmed talking about the impact the visit had on them.
They make a case why more people should visit the sites of the Holocaust and whether we have learned anything from history.
David Hampshire, Cornwall Council RE Adviser who co-ordinated the production of the film, said: “The process of filming was incredibly moving. It was the detail of the memory that was most profound. One pupil talked about the emotional journey that they had undergone. Perhaps it is only when the emotions are engaged in education that education actually takes place.”
Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood said: “The passing of time must never be allowed to become an excuse for future generations to choose to forget the horrors that overwhelmed so many. It is from history that our young people will learn the importance of mans humanity to man and the consequences of what happens when we lose sight of the sanctity of all human life.
“Young people constitute our future. Listening to the account of their experiences, these young people capture the true horror and scale of the Holocaust.
“Such visits show that education can have a profound impact on young people in such a way that they want to change their world for the better.”