GCSE students take a trip to Germany

28 February 2017

25 year 11s and 5 year 10 GCSE history students took a trip to Germany this month where they visited and learnt about some of its many historical sites. Day 1 gave them the opportunity to get to know their surroundings with a guided tour of Munich City Centre. After this they visited the White Rose Movement exhibition at Ludwig Maximillan University. The White Rose Movement was a small, secret group of university students who made and distributed anti-war leaflets. They were active between June 1942 and 1943 when, on February the 22nd, the three lead members were arrested while handing out leaflets at the university. They and many other members were sentenced to death.

At the site of the 1923 Munich Putsch

The day was concluded with a self-guided visit to the Munich Documentation Centre; a place of education and remembrance which documents and addresses the crimes of the Nazi dictatorship.

A tour of Dachau Concentration Camp followed on day 2. Dachau was the first camp of its kind to be opened after Hitler was appointed. The memorial site, initiated and overseen by surviving prisoners, was established in 1965. During their final day they visited a memorial to the Nazi Rally Grounds and the Memorium Nuremberg Trials, in which the leaders of the Nazi regime answered for their crimes in an international military tribunal. The memorial provides insights about the defendants and their crimes as well the impact the impact the trials have had on the world since.

Outside the remains of the Nuremburg rally ground