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Enjoying Art and Religion in Berlin

Published Tuesday 11th of September 2018 10:19:53 AM

Pupils from Bedford School Fifth and Sixth Forms attended an RE and Art trip to Berlin at the end of the summer holidays. Germany’s capital is a city of culture, politics, media and science, and is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras and museums, which makes it an ideal venue to blend art with religion for a hugely interesting and educational trip. The party managed to fit in many different sights into their four-day stay. Highlights included: • Seeing remains of the Berlin Wall, which was pulled down in 1989 • Visiting the striking ruins of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche (bombed in WWII) • Enjoying a fantastic tour of religious art at the Gemaldegalerie, which included Rembrandt’s ‘Moses with the Ten Commandments’ • A visit to the memorial to the victims of the Nazi T4 Euthanasia programme • Viewing the Lessing monument while listening to two of the boys read from ‘The Ring Parable’ from Lessing’s play Nathan the Wise, which delivered a message of religious tolerance banned by the Nazis • Investigating the moving memorial to the homosexual victims of Nazism • Walking round the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – a powerful and moving experience • A private tour of the super-cool Boros collection situated in a former Nazi bunker which became an East German food cooling building, then a paintballing venue and techno club! • A visit to the Topography of Terror, built on the former Sicherheitspolizei Headquarters and next to remnants of the Berlin Wall By night they took a trip to the Alexanderplatz, and all the way to the top of the TV tower to soak up stunning night-time views of Berlin. With food always at the top of the boys’ agenda, they delighted in the unmistakable flavours of German cuisine. Not surprisingly, a particular favourite was the traditional German street food – frankfurters!
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