St Paul’s in Berlin

January 17, 2017

VI GCSE history students enhanced their understanding of twentieth century history on a trip to Berlin, a particularly relevant destination for their study of the origins of the Cold War. Millie Dinan particularly noted how ‘diversely the various museums and war memorials had commemorated war throughout the city; from wall murals to the towering maze-like formation of “The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”‘. The reality and brutality of war was impressed upon the group by visiting a Stasi prison; hearing original voice recordings was particularly emotional. Lessons in class were brought to life by visiting the site of the Potsdam Conference and Sanssouci Palace, and they embraced the Christmas spirit at the renowned Berlin markets and the German opera Hansel and Gretel. The trip served as an incredible opportunity to contextualise their studies, learn about the culture of Germany and inform their coursework.

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