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Germany

International Ventures

Germany

“The experience forced me to rethink how I relate to history—observing history and reckoning with it are two very different things.” Helen H. - Politics, Philosophy, and Economics ‘17

“Our team rented bicycles and cruised through Berlin for two weeks, stopping at museums, historical markers such as the Berlin Wall, famous buildings such as the Reichstag and examples of Berlin architecture such as the Hauptbahnhof. We explored the power of creativity in modern Germany and found things Americans can learn from Deutschland. We also experienced Berlin as a city that stood at the center of history on several occasions during the 20th Century. We wrote about these themes on our team blog and in major media outlets, such as Forbes, as part of our journalistic efforts.

One day, we rode through the Tiergarten and stopped at the Bauhaus museum, a homage to a 20th Century school that revolutionized art, architecture and art education worldwide. The small band of professors and students at the Bauhaus started in Weimar, moved to Dessau and then Berlin as they fled the Nazi regime in the 1920s and 1930s. The Nazis eventually closed the Bauhaus and its professors and students spread around the world and led art institutions such as Harvard University and the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a small school that changed the world, something to which The King’s College aspires.

We stopped by churches where Bonhoeffer served as a pastor and planned the “Confessing Church” which stood for true Christianity and opposed the Nazis. We stopped by Der Bendlerblock, an army headquarters building during the Nazi era, where Claus von Stauffenberg was shot by a firing squad after he nearly assassinated Hitler with a bomb.

We realized our mission at The King’s College is similar to the Bauhaus school and the Confessing Church. We saw the influence of human beings and their ideas on history and strategic institutions. We saw the potential of people to stand up to tyranny, to speak with conscience and to act with bravery.”

Paul Glader, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Director of the Phillips Journalism Institute

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