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Outdoor Education: Historical Germany 2020

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During the February mid-term holidays there was a group of 30 students from Year 10 and 11 that travelled to Germany to explore many of the historic sites and exhibits they have studied in class. Included in the busy itinerary were walking tours of both Berlin and Munich with a focus on events from WWII. We got to see and hear stories about the history of places such as Brandenburg Gate, the final battlefields of WWII and how the peculiar events surrounding the Reichstag fire led to the Nazis' rise to power in 1933. The group passed by famous Berlin Wall sections and learnt about the secret history of why it went up and how Berlin was divided overnight.

We also visited one of the longest remaining sections of the wall left standing close to the former SS and Gestapo Headquarters and spent time at the Reichstag where we learnt about Germany’s turbid political past. One of the more poignant locations we visited was the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a "school of violence" for the SS men under whose command it stood. We also took the ‘3rd Reich’ walking tour where we learnt how Munich emerged from WWI broken, ravaged by hyperinflation and humiliated from defeat. Also, how Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party took full advantage of the instability to rise to power. All who attended this educational trip to Germany came back to Dubai enlightened and enriched by the whole experience.