TRAVEL: Germany & Poland

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.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's House

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's House

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's desk

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's desk

Tegel Prison - Bonhoeffer was kept here for a year and a half

Tegel Prison - Bonhoeffer was kept here for a year and a half

Entrance to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Entrance to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Berlin, Television Tower in the background

Berlin, Television Tower in the background

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. 

The trains and train stations were awesome.

The trains and train stations were awesome.

Grafitti was everywhere.

Grafitti was everywhere.

Of course we got on a rooftop.

Of course we got on a rooftop.

A part of the Berlin Wall.

A part of the Berlin Wall.

American Breakfast

American Breakfast

Not-So-American Breakfast

Not-So-American Breakfast

Victory Gate.

Victory Gate.

I forgot what this is called but it's a big deal. It's like their Capitol Building.

I forgot what this is called but it's a big deal. It's like their Capitol Building.

The Memorial to the Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The Memorial to the Jews who died in the Holocaust.

Another view of the Jewish Memorial.

Another view of the Jewish Memorial.

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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.

Szczecin, Poland

Szczecin, Poland

The church that those last two photos were taken from.

The church that those last two photos were taken from.

A cross that was outside the church.

A cross that was outside the church.

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.

Nürnberg, Germany

Nürnberg, Germany

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.

Flossenbürg, Germany. This is the camp is that Bonhoeffer was hanged at.

Flossenbürg, Germany. This is the camp is that Bonhoeffer was hanged at.

The whole crew! #Cinnabonhoeffer

The whole crew! #Cinnabonhoeffer