Maldon and East Essex Explorer Scouts got together for a pre-trip meeting to Krakow with a difference.

During February half time 2010, a group of 39 Explorer Scouts and Leaders will be going to Krakow for an international trip with a difference. The emphasis is on learning about the country, culture and history of the City, the Soviet District of Nowa Huta and the remains of the Jewish Ghetto and Schindlers Factory.

During their pre-trip get together, the different Units had the chance to meet up and get to know each other but also had a special visitor, 86 year old Holocaust Survivor Dora Love came and spoke to them at lenghth about her experiences.

Dora was born in Lithuania and is now settled in Colchester and she educates younger generations about the Holocaust. She was deported to the Stutthoff concentration camp near Danzig (Gdansk) with her mother, sister and one brother. All, except Dora, perished.

Although Stutthof was the only camp never liberated, Dora was one of a group that reached Neustadt/Holstein, on barges, on 3 May 1945. There she worked on translations for war crime trials for the British Army, UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) and the American Joint Distribution Committee.

A lot of tearful eyes watched her talk, and all the young people left knowing a lot more about the Holocaust and