Holocaust trust nets £1.5m grant

Georgina Lock

More teachers and sixth-form students will be able to visit Auschwitz after the Treasury awarded £1.5m to the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The grant was announced by Gordon Brown to support the trust's Lessons from Auschwitz course.

It will enable the charity to facilitate visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as part of a three-day course to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.

Lord Janner, chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, welcomed the news. "It's crucial that the youth of today know of the horrors of the past and do all in their power to join in the battle against racism," he said.

The funding means that the number of students able to participate in the scheme each year will rise from 400 to more than 6,000.

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