Led by Dr Todd Weir, Lecturer in Modern European History
Thursday May 3 to Sunday May 6
14 Students accompanied Dr Weir on a four-day trip to Berlin as part of their first-year module “Fascism and its Legacy in Germany: 1918-2006.” The purpose of the trip was to enable students to visit memorials that commemorate different aspects of the Second World War. In this way they could study first-hand the sites of memory that they had read about as part of their course work.
Arrival, lodging in “The Circus,” a youth hostel in the center of town.
Morning, Visit Humboldt University, possible guest lecture (in English). See the monuments and sights on the representative mile of Berlin, Unter den Linden.
Humboldt University, Erasmus partner of Queen’s School of History and Anthropology
The Soviet War Memorial (sometimes translated as the Soviet Cenotaph), is a vast war memorial and military cemetery in Berlin's Treptower Park. It was built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate 5,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in April-May 1945. It opened four years after the war ended on May 8, 1949, and served as the central war memorial of East Germany.
Travel to the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen.