It can readily be argued that the pivotal period of the 20th century was the seizure of power by Hitler in 1933 through to the war crimes tribunal of 1945.
And indeed there is no better way to understand this period in European history than to visit the rally grounds, concentration camps, ghettos and other key sites that have been preserved to ensure that we do not forget how readily civilization can be overthrown.
This is why StudyTrips has evolved its famous school visits of the key sites from this period – which can take in either one or two of the key locations in the rise and fall of Nazism or explore on a much wider scale across four days.
Students may be rightly apprehensive about visiting the concentration camp at Dachau – which is why a guided tour of the camp including the gas chamber, crematoria and huts where people slept is important to keep the context clear in everyone’s mind.
And they will quickly perceive that all this happened in a part of Europe, not that far from home. In many ways this is the most dramatic understanding that they get from the visit.
As with all StudyTrips tours, you can develop your own itinerary to suit a specific curriculum module. Thus we can build a trip for you around Hitler’s foreign policy or life in Nazi Germany, the development of nationalism, the Holocaust, censorship and the free press, or any other aspect of the era that you wish to consider in depth with your students.
The full tour, 10 days in length, includes visits to Nuremberg, Prague, Krakow and Berlin and incorporates the Third Reich Documentation Centre, the War Crimes courtroom, the scene of the Luitpoldhain rallies, the Lidice memorial and museum, the Ghetto Museum, Auschwitz and Kirkenua, the Holocaust Memorial and the Wannsee Conference House.
Or you can focus on one or two key locations and change the length of the visit to suit your particular requirements.
Indeed, whatever specific curriculum content you are following, the tour can be arranged to suit the requirements of the course.
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