Pembrokeshire College A-level History department recently took AS and A2 students on a four-day tour of Berlin to immerse them within German history as part of their studies.
The tour took them to places like the Jewish History Museum where the plight of the Jewish population was highlighted. Displayed using not just artefacts but with the architecture of the building, learners were able to grasp a much more emotive aspect through the interactive pieces of art, such as the Holocaust Tower and the Garden of Exile.
Cha Pring a student studying AS History explained how beneficial the trip was; “Taking part in this visit to Berlin was an amazing opportunity because we got to experience the city and their beautiful culture. The most memorable part of the trip was the Jewish History Museum where we got to see the 20,000 faces laid on the floor. As part of the experience you had to walk over them, to me this was impactful and surreal, a moment I will forever remember.”
The students also spent some time at Sachenhausen Concentration Camp which amplified the horrific nature and enormous scale of the impact on the Jews. During the course of the trip there were many memorials that they visited, including Bebelplatz and the Holocaust memorial which was especially profound.
Tatty Harding-Lloyd, an A2 History student also explained how unforgettable the trip was; “The trip really brought to life what we are currently studying in our A-level History classes. Visiting the Reichstag parliament building and looking down into the Chamber where Hitler came into power was overwhelming but extremely interesting to see first-hand. I think it’s so important to go and visit historical places like Berlin because it allows you to see and experience these iconic landmarks in a totally different perspective.”
The department visited the Reichstag (Parliament building) as well as the Olympic stadium, each of which left a lasting impression and were relatable to their individual studies.
To end the tour the students got the chance to visit the National History Museum taking them through German history from the middle ages up to 1990, which gave them the opportunity to learn new information outside of the parameters of their A-level course.
Students concluded that the tour benefitted them tremendously with their current history studies and encouraged all students to take the opportunities available to them.