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European trip brings History to life

 Twenty-nine students travelled to Berlin and Krakow to enhance their understanding of History topics covered at GCSE and A-Level.

We left school at 3.30am on Thursday, 14th February and, after travelling all day, arrived in Germany at 10.30 that evening.

The next morning we were up early and began our tour of Berlin.  Our two days in this amazing city involved visiting all the key areas of Berlin relating to our studies – we did A LOT of walking!

Some of the sites we took in were The Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the remains of the Reich Chancellery and Fuhrer’s bunker, the Holocaust memorial, Wannsee Conference house, and the 1936 Berlin Olympic site. Click here to see our gallery of photos from our trip.

Throughout this whistlestop tour, over two days, we were guided by Pete Smith who works for Anglia Tours, the company who organised our visit.  Berlin was cold and the tour exhausting but it was totally worth it.  We were so good at cramming everything in, we even got to visit a few extra places, like Checkpoint Charlie.

Following an overnight journey to Poland, we arrived in Krakow early on the fourth morning.  There was no time to rest; after breakfast we met our new tour guide, Col Alain Chissel, and were out of the door to begin exploring the city.

We spent time in the Jewish quarter, looking at the remains of the Ghetto established by the Nazis and the factory set up by Oskar Schindler (from the movie Schindler’s List).  We saw the remains of the Plaszow concentration camp and received a talk from a Holocaust survivor, who had been imprisoned in Auschwitz at the age of three.

The following day was emotional, but again, completely worthwhile.  We drove out to the Auschwitz death camp.  We looked at Auschwitz one and two, in Birkenau, sites of the Nazis' ‘Final Solution’.

A 24-hour coach journey followed, bringing us back to school late on Tuesday night,  bringing us to the end of an amazing experience none of us will forget.

Miss Satchwell
Head of History

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln