Remove History Trip to Berlin
Over Easter 35 Removes descended on the German capital for three days to enhance their studies of the Cold War and Nazi Germany at IGCSE. The itinerary was tightly packed and on the first day they had tours of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Wannsee, where Nazis met in 1942 to plan the ‘Final Solution’, and Cecilienhof Palace, which was built by Kaiser Wilhelm for his wife just a few years before he was forced to abdicate and Germany became a republic. Here they saw the table at which the ‘Big Three’ sat at the crucially important Potsdam conference in 1945, where the fateful decision to split Berlin was made.
They also enjoyed a walking tour of Berlin, where pupils were shocked to repeatedly encounter the remains of the Berlin Wall, serving as a reminder throughout the city of the divisive nature of the wall. Other highlights of the trip included a poignant and very informative tour at the Memorial to German Resistance and climbing the Reichstag at sunset before enjoying a meal of Bratwurst and Apfelstrudel nearby.
The pupils were fantastic throughout the trip and asked many contemplative questions. Overall, the trip was very enjoyable for all, and many even found the opportunity to snack on a Berliner and mutter the words JFK famously said in Berlin in 1963. Thanks go to History teachers Ms Loveday, Mr Harrison, Mr Hearson and Miss Davies for taking them.