The Last Lesson

Europäische Akademie Berlin

Bismarckallee 46/48
14193 Berlin

German-Czech Study Trip
Information trip
By invitation after application

Imagine you listen to rap - and are expelled from school.

Imagine you hate religion - and are not allowed to study.

Imagine you diss Trump - and have to go to jail.

That's exactly what happened to thousands of young people - in the GDR, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia. They loved US rock music and comics. And they paid a high price for it: home, jail, no school-leaving qualifications. A job and a career? No chance!

The stories of these persecuted students hardly receive any public attention. We are changing that - with you!

If you are

  • between 16 and 25 years old,
  • actively run your own social media account,
  • like to write or work with photos and videos,
  • are interested in politics and history.

Then you have the opportunity to join ten like-minded people from Germany and the Czech Republic on the trail of persecuted students from Berlin via Torgau and Jáchymov to Prague!

On the study trip, you will visit relevant memorial sites, talk to contemporary witnesses, and document the journey on your social media channels. Based on the conversations, you will create the scripts for four graphic novels, each of which traces the fate of two German and two Czech students who were persecuted. And not just for you: The drafts will then be realized and published by professional illustrators!

The study trip will take place from 22 to 26 October. Participation, including travel costs, accommodation, meals and program costs, is 30€. Czech participants will travel via mini bus from Prague to Berlin.

You can apply until October 21, 2021 to Julia Aertken: with the form below.

The study trip will be implemented in cooperation with the Czech NGO Spolek Političtí vě The project "The Last Lesson" is funded by the the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany, the German-Czech Future Fund and the Berlin Commissioner for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.


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