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History Visit to Berlin

On Sunday 7th October 28 year 11 students embarked on a history visit to Berlin.

Although the focus was the city’s turbulent twenty first century history, our studies included learning about the architectural development of the traditional heart of Berlin around Unter den Linden, with its iconic buildings fashioned over many centuries and now beautifully restored. By walking the city, we were given an understanding of the layout of the power bases of the Nazi regime and the subsequent division of Berlin after the second world war, as well as the difficulties of living in the city following the construction of the Berlin Wall. On the first night we viewed Berlin from the top of the famous Television Tower opened in 1968 by the GDR regime. We also had guided tours of exhibitions including The Typography of Terror; the German Resistance Memorial Museum and the Berlin Wall Museum, and we spent a morning in the chilling Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp - scene of so many cruel atrocities under both the Nazi and Communist regimes. Perhaps the most moving place visited was the haunting ‘Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe’, one of several Holocaust memorials in central Berlin.

Despite very long days with many miles of walking, all agreed that it was a really worthwhile experience. Berlin is now a vibrant modern city and we enjoyed its great atmosphere and eating traditional foods such as currywurst and pfeffernusse cookies. Thank you to Mr Kaczmar, Mrs Higgitt and Mr Carney for accompanying the trip and to Mr Underwood for creating and leading us on such a memorable journey.