Sixth Form trip to Krakow and Berlin

  • February 23, 2018

Nineteen students from Years 12 and 13 flew to a cold and snowy Krakow in Poland at the end of the half term break. They spent three days in Krakow before travelling overnight by bus to Berlin in Germany, where they spent another three days, before finally flying home.

This was a challenging trip for the students, both in terms of the volume of visits and the emotional impact of what they learned; the students devoted most of the trip to studying the causes and impact of the Holocaust. They visited the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, as well as Oscar Schindler’s Factory and Kazimierz, the former Jewish Quarter, in Krakow. In Germany, visits included the Holocaust Memorial, the Resistance Museum and the Wannsee Villa near Berlin where leading Nazis planned out their ‘Final Solution’. Other activities included sightseeing in beautiful Krakow, trips to the top of the Fernseeturm (Berlin’s tallest building), a visit to remnants of the Berlin Wall and a private guided tour of the German Bundestag (Parliament) where we visited Angela Merkel’s office!

The students were exceptional in their responses to the challenges posed by the trip. On the final afternoon, they were offered various alternative activities to wind down, after such a tiring trip. Every single student instead asked to revisit the German Holocaust Memorial, to study further: they made Miss Lines and I proud!

Mr M. Rainsley – Head of History/ Head of Humanities

 

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