One of her goals as a history teacher is to give her students a broader view of the world, Jennifer Pindar said.
“I want students to realize the importance of history and to learn about different countries and cultures. I want students to have a bigger picture of the world and our place with in it,” said Pindar, who teaches global and European history at Cooperstown Central School.
Pindar was able to share her vision with 61 students over spring break. The CCS group spent a week in Europe, visiting Munich and Dachau, Germany and Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.
The trip was organized through the group WorldStrides.
“This trip brought history alive and the students now have a better understand of Germany’s and Austria’s role in history,” Pindar said. “We had 72 people on this trip, 61 students and 11 adults. Everyone had a wonderful time.
“Munich was a fun city and we toured the entire city,” she continued. “We also made a stop at the BMW museum and the Olympic Park.
In Dachau, the group visited a concentration camp.
“This was a very powerful experience for everyone,” Pindar said. “Going through a concentration camp really made it real for students as what was actually happening at that time in history. There was one section were we walked through (a) building where the poisonous showers were and the next room had the crematories, the ovens. It was very eerie to be there. Everyone experienced all level of emotions and many of us were speechless.”
In Austria, the group saw the Alps, Mozart’s home and a medieval fortress.
“We had a beautiful view of the city and of the Alps,” Pindar said. “We toured the city of Salzburg as well. We had a tour through Mozart’s home and also went into the Dom Salzburg, which is a cathedral. After Salzburg, we stopped at the Melk Abbey, which was incredible and then we arrived in Vienna. We went through the palaces of the Hapsburgs and toured the city. We also made a stop to watch the Lipizzaner horses. Vienna is (a) beautiful old historic European city where the Hapsburgs live.”