28 Nov History Trip to Berlin
A group of Highbury Grove School students from Year 8 to Year 11 have just returned from their History trip to Germany’s vibrant capital city, Berlin.
As part of the four-day trip, students reflected on the horrors of the Nazi regime at the Topography of Terror and the Wannsee Conference museum where the ‘Final Solution’ was signed in 1942. Students learnt about the roots of anti-semitism and reflected on who was really responsible for the Holocaust. We improved our knowledge of both the Weimar and Nazi Germany periods in History.
An afternoon at Sachsenhausen proved a testing experience for all, reflecting on Nazi methods of terror and fear as a tool of control prior to and during WWII. Stood at Tower Z (the foundations of the gas chambers) in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, we were reminded of the human impact of prejudice. One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the impressive views of Berlin from the Reichstag (German Parliament) Dome.
Visiting the Berlin Wall provided an excellent opportunity to consider the divisions of East and West Berlin as well as the relationship between East Germany and the Soviet Union following WWII. Students enjoyed the Jewish Museum, where impressive architecture and design mixed with fascinating stories of inventions which captured our attention. The art enthusiasts of the group particularly enjoyed the graffiti displays on the Berlin Wall.
Students arrived back safely with an improved knowledge of Berlin’s role in the Weimar, Nazi Germany and Cold War periods of history. A fantastic learning experience for all!
Ms Hulme (Head of History)