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24 Feb - German Sixth Form Trip


During February half term students explored the sights and sounds of Berlin on the German Sixth Form trip. From their comfortable youth hostel, only two underground stops from the Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower and The World Clock, they enjoyed highlights including a performance of Bertolt Brecht´s Der gute Mensch von Sezuan in the beautiful Berliner Ensemble; a visit to the Jewish Museum; walking along the East Side Gallery with the longest stretch of remnants of the original Berlin Wall; looking at the documentation on attempted escapes to the West in the Bernauer Straße; tours of the Reichstag with the modern glass dome by Sir Norman Foster; the Topography of Terror documentation centre, built on the site of the former Gestapo- and SS-Headquarters, as well as the interactive DDR-Museum. Last but not least, the students attended a seminar in the prison of the former STASI (Staatssicherheit), where they learned about the GDR’s inhumane methods of interrogation from a lady who had been imprisoned for 3 years, merely for enquiring about travel to the West! The trip not only improved the students’ German language skills, and cultural knowledge, but was also a thought-provoking journey back to the times of WWII and the Cold War. By sheer coincidence they bumped into an Old Olavian who had not only continued his German studies at university in the UK but also at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and was now living in Berlin! Die Welt ist klein und wir sind alle Berliner!

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