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History trip takes in landmarks of Berlin and Krakow

 Thirteen students from The Priory City of Lincoln Academy and 39 students from Priory Academy LSST took part in a joint half-term visit to Berlin and Krakow.

The purpose of the trip was to enhance their understanding of topics covered in their GCSE History lessons.

We left the City site at 2.30am and, after travelling all day, arrived in Germany at 10.30 that night. 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, and the 1936 Berlin Olympic site, to name but a few.

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.

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 with our new tour guide, Moray Treadwell, and were out the door to begin exploring the city of Krakow.

 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 woman who is classed as ‘Righteous amongst the Nations’. Her family had hidden a young Jewish girl during Nazi occupation, saving her from the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

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 25-hour coach journey followed, bringing us back to the Academy late at night and concluding an amazing experience which none of us will forget.

Miss Satchwell
History Department

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln