Archdeacon Michael also writes about the experience in the forthcoming edition of the Diocesan magazine 'The See'. Here is an extract ...
The day we spent in Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau did not get above -14C and we had the luxury of winter clothing.
Those who had been transported there from all over Europe (including the British Channel Islands) were forced to wear the grey and blue uniform of shirt and trousers with wooden shoes and nothing else.
More than 1.1 million people were killed at these camps, many killed on arrival. Over 6 million were murdered in all during the Holocaust.
My grandmother was Jewish, if the war had gone differently she and my father would have perished in such a place and I, and my children, would not have existed.
The retreat forced me not just to consider life and death or matters of evil and how it occurs, it also forced me to look at existence itself.
Read the full article in 'The See' ... available in parishes across Lancashire from late February.