Germany’s modern history explored on Berlin trip

Historians explored pre-war and post-cold war Germany on a five-day tour of Berlin over Easter.

The rise of the Nazis was the trip’s main focus, with a sobering visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp teaching pupils more about the horrors of the Holocaust.

Pupils at Sachsenhausen

Tours of Haus am Wannsee and the Topography of Terror exhibition also let our historians discover more about the era in preparation for their GCSEs.

They later reflected on what they had seen with a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Visits to the DDR Museum and Checkpoint Charlie helped pupils chart the history of the Berlin Wall.

Girls at Reichstag

The amazing changes to Berlin since the fall of the wall were also evident on a boat cruise through the Reichstag and into the east.

Pre-war Germany

Pre-war Germany was the focal point of a coach trip to Potsdam – the home of the Kaiser and the Prussian kings – earlier on the trip.

Pupils at Sanssouci

Here our pupils visited Sanssouci – where Frederick the Great lived – and the Cecilienhof home of the crown prince during the 1920s.

Pupils at Sanssouci gardens

Our historians also had plenty of time to discover current German culture as they explored the city in gorgeous sunshine and sampled the national cuisine.

Poland Holocaust trip

Some pupils on the tour had already visited Nazi concentration camps on December’s trip to Auschwitz I and II in Poland.

Pupils at Auchswitz

Pupils on Auschwitz tour

That trip was featured in one of our BBC News School Report pieces in which pupils interviewed Holocaust survivor Dr Peter Kurer.

See our BBC News Report page to watch the report alongside our pupils’ other pieces.

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