We are convinced that history as a subject becomes more alive when studied ’on location’. That is one of the main reasons why history students of the Diploma Programme have travelled to Berlin each year since 2005. The IB course in history focuses on the history of the 20th century, and we concentrate on the period between the world wars, Nazi-Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin and the Cold War.
When visiting Berlin it is possible to experience a great deal of what the course entails – to walk around Berlin means encountering history everywhere. During our trip to the city we try to include visits to the Olympic Stadium, built for the summer Olympics of 1936, the Jewish quarters of the city, one of the bunkers from the Second World War, STASI remand prison Hohenschönhausen and the remnants of the Berlin Wall – one of the strongest symbols of the Cold War.
The trip to Berlin is very appreciated by both teachers and students since it means an opportunity to get to know each other even better. Berlin of today is a dynamic, interesting and welcoming city that leaves no one unmoved – especially not a history student.
Louise Callmer IB Diploma History teacher