I'm really late on this post. I don't always get to travel, so when I do, I should probably post some photos from it.
This Spring Break, I got the opportunity to travel to Germany and Poland with my school, DBU, to study the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and WWII. It was a phenomenal experience.
We spent a couple of days in Berlin which was by far my favorite city of the trip. If I could live in Berlin, I would.
We travelled to Szczecin, Poland for a couple of days to see Finklewald, which is the seminary that Bonhoeffer started. Sadly, I didn't really get any pictures there. But the view of the city from up above was amazing! We got let into the 2nd largest church tower in town, so I had to grab some shots.
After that, we went back into Germany and spent a few days in Nürnberg. Not only did they have the best sausage I've ever had in my life, this is the city where the WWII War Crime Trials happened. It was pretty intense seeing Room 600 where it all went down.
We went to three concentration camps in total. Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrük, and Flossenbürg. I couldn't even begin to describe what going to those camps did to me and the rest of us. It was so heavy. So many lessons learned and emotions felt while we were there. It's like my roommate Kyle said, "I think everyone should go to see one concentration camp in their lifetime. I don't think everyone should go to three, much less three back to back." It's heavy stuff. Going to those camps changed my life.
Our last stop was Flossenbürg, which was the camp that they hanged Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We stood at the place were the gallows were and read one of Bonhoeffer's sermons entitled, "Death Is Swallowed Up In Victory." Talk about powerful.