On 27th January 1945, 75 years ago, Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army. As we vow never to forget the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust, the Imperial War Museum (IWM) is holding The Holocaust Exhibition: A Guided Tour.

According to the IWM website, the exhibition provides a comprehensive account of the events of the Holocaust. It looks at the origins and implementation of the ‘Final Solution’, showing how persecution turned into mass extermination. Whilst on the tour, you will hear about the incredible stories of bravery, resilience and endurance of the people caught up in these terrible events.

James Matthews, a student who visited the exhibition in January, said that “the exhibition is an important memorial in remembrance of the mass persecution and genocide of Jewish people and other minority groups. Reading letters to loved ones sent by people about to board the train to Auschwitz, never to return, is particularly sobering because it makes it more personal and real. You remember that the 11 million weren’t just numbers, they were people, each and every one with a story.”    

The exhibition is well worth a visit for anyone wanting to find out more about the Holocaust and see the experiences of the persecuted during this horrific event. It is running on 12th and 26th February 2020 from 4-5:30pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7.50 for concession and £5 for children. The tour uses a microphone and headphones system so you can hear your guide clearly throughout and do not disturb other visitors. Please note that the exhibition is deemed unsuitable for children under the age of 14. The Imperial War Museum is located on Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ.

By Caitlin Mainwaring