It was an early 6.15 start on Friday morning and we headed into the city by train where we met our two tour guides. My group went to a monument which was a tribute to the Jewish women of Berlin that fought to free their men who were imprisoned by the Nazis. We then stopped off at various Jewish and wartime points of interest before visiting a museum which was once a workshop of the famous Nazi resistor Otto Weidt who employed Jewish blind and deaf workers to make brushes for him. He shielded and hid them from the Nazis as it was illegal to be Jewish at this time.
The afternoon was spent seeing a converted synagogue, bullet-hit houses and the only remaining section of the Berlin wall, which stands near Checkpoint Charlie. We were told about its importance in the history of the city. We went through Museum Island and on to see the Holocaust memorial, which is an impressive amount of concrete blocks which represent the lives lost and Hitler’s bunker, which is now a car park. It was dark as we approached the Brandenburg gate, which was impressively lit up, as was the Fernsehturm, which is the tallest building in Berlin. After dinner, our last stop of that day was the Reichstag building where we walked up the glass dome at the top to get panoramic views of the city.
The next day we went on a coach tour around some more city sights and then onto Sachenhausen concentration camp, which held different minorities in Germany at the time. We saw the grounds and the areas of killing and cabins where different people were held. We also visited the Olympic stadium, which was used during the 1936 Olympic Games and more recently was where Usain Bolt set the 100m-world record. The afternoon was spent at the Jewish Museum and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Both were interesting and represented two different time periods of the city. Chris Try, 11K1
Our reigning National Gymnastics Champions and their coach, Cairine Cranfield-Thomson have been at it again, as they once again qualify in style for this year’s Milano Floor and Vault National Final! The squad finished 6 points ahead of their nearest rivals in the recent Regional Final, for an appearance in March’s final in Stoke-on-Trent.
Please will you support Archie who has a severe muscle wasting condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Everyone is asked to wear a bright colour item and to donate £1 to raise money to buy vital medicine for Archie. As well as wearing something bright Friday 27th Feb GET YOUR HAIR SPRAYED!