On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of one of the most important events in German history, the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9th November, we encourage our students to engage with this subject throughout September and October.
Every week, the German & History Departments will publish a photograph from the post-World War II era (both online and in the school), with questions and notes for students to think about and discuss. On Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November, there will be a film viewing and quiz based on the pictures and questions. All students are encouraged to take part and be in for a chance to win a fantastic prize for their class.
Click here to find out what other projects are run by the school in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Week 3 (23/9/19)
Picture for Week 3
Questions for Week 3:
- What kind of person is shown in the photo? Why is he jumping over the barbed wire?
- How did his life continue?
- Who made the famous statement, “No one plans to build a wall,” and in what context?
- What were the reasons for building the wall?
- How was the Berlin Wall secured?
- How was the border outside of Berlin built?
Videos for Week 3:
Week 2 (16/9/19)
Picture for Week 2:
Questions for Week 2:
- What was a Raisin Bomber (Rosinenbomber)?
- What were the children waiting for in the picture?
- What is the special term used for the period the Raisin Bombers were used?
- Why were Raisin Bombers used?
- Why were they so important for Berlin?
- What problems were encountered during their use?
- Which monument reminds us of this time?
Videos for Week 2:
Week 1: (9/9/19)
Picture for Week 1:
Questions for Week 1:
- Who occupied Germany after World War II?
- How was Berlin divided?
- Which games did the children play at this time?
- Many families were reunited only years after World War II. Why was that?
- What does “fringsen” mean?
- What was “Stalinschmiere” supposed to remind people of?