“Fleeing the Holocaust”, a Challenge for Y13 A Level History Students

Last Tuesday, eleven Year 13 students visited the “Fleeing the Holocaust. Catalonia and the Jewish refugees in the World War II” exhibition which is being held in the Museu d’Història de Catalunya (MHC) these days.

The exhibit coincides with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the Nazi concentration camps liberation. It belongs to a wider set of exhibitions that the Museum has scheduled to join this commemoration of international scope, such as “Beyond Mauthausen. Francesc Boix, photographer”.

The exhibition highlights Catalan links to the Holocaust by depicting the lives of dozens of fleeing Jewish families who found shelter in Catalonia, thus intertwining one of the saddest, most gloomy periods in ourworld’s history with a rather unknown episode of the Catalan recent past.

“The students visited the museum as the exhibition dovetails perfectly with their Paper 3 examination in A Level History which focuses on the historiography of the Holocaust. The primary sources and visual aids were a perfect foil for the class to examine different interpretations as to the origins of the Holocaust and where culpability for this dark period in History lies”, Mr Henderson, History teacher, explained.

The goal of the visit was for our students to unveil how far reaching the Holocaust was, rescue the collective memory, pay homage, in some sense, to the refugees, and ascertain why objectivity is so difficult in such a subject.

“Seventy years after the end of World War II and of the Nazi concentration camps liberation, it becomes a moral and ethical responsibility to remember those tragic hours of the European and world history” (MHC).

About the Museu d’Història de Catalunya

The Museu d’Història de Catalunya (MHC) defines itself as “a museum about Catalonia open to the world”. It aims to be a space for encounter, debate and analysis for the citizens and a tool for information, learning, awareness and enjoyment, thus encouraging interaction between History and the other Social Sciences.

Although the museum is essentially about Catalonia, it takes an interest in the rest of the world, by presenting Catalan history and culture within broader geographical, political, economic and cultural settings, often the Mediterranean or Europe, sometimes the world.

Image source: Museu d’Història de Catalunya (MHC)