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As I was walking alone down a well worn path, shivers ran up my back not because of the cold but because of the knowledge that hundreds, even thousands had walked these paths before. Some had walked with guns pointed at them while being shouted at. Others were too weak to walk without aid. As I continued to walk to where once stood a crematorium my eyes began to tear up as I imagined that I was one of those chosen to go to station Z as it was called in the camp. It was like I was being led to where they would 'check' my eyes and height for being released but instead I would be shot in the neck and dragged to the area to be cremated along with others who had met the same fate. Sachsenhausen is a camp full of stories. Many stories will never be told because the people did not live to tell them. When you walk around the camp you feel the history and the stories come alive. It is almost as if you can hear the screams and feel the hot tears on you skin as well.

- Iris Campbell

 

Today we went to Schloss Sanssouci, the castle of Friedrich the Great. The name 'Sanssouci' is French for 'no troubles'. It was built as a summer home on a vineyard in Potsdam, Germany for the emperor to escape his life as a ruler. The castle itself was amazing! It was built in the Rococo style, which incorporates nature and elegance in its design. While walking through the house on a tour I was drawn into its beauty. The walls of the rooms were decorated in silk wallpaper from France which cost $1500 per square yard. Friedrich loved to read. In the library, there are 2000 of his original books on display. Even though we were not allowed to go into the library, we caught a glimpse of it through the large window. Outside there are miles of magnificent gardens that reflect the style from inside the palace. White, glistening snow covered the gardens but, I could imagine it flourishing with the romance of spring colors. I loved the trip to Schloss Sanssouci, it is by far the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I will never forget it.

- Christina Raines

 

 

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