Pindar’s students said that the trip had achieved her goal.
Pindar noted that the students were struck by the idea that the whole town of Cooperstown would have been crammed into one barrack at Dachau.
“It was eerie, the camp was fairly close to the town, so there’s no way people didn’t know what was happening,” noted Colin Wilcox, a tenth grader at CCS. “We heard on audio that if beds were not made properly, death was the consequence.”
Mostly the students were eager to travel overseas. With the exception of Jacob Russell, a junior, who has traveled extensively, most of the students were visiting Europe for the first time.
“My family was from Germany, and I’m a big foodie,” said Wilcox. “It was fun to just go to cafes and maybe get lost and then find our way back.”
Russell mentioned he was interested in the historical aspects of the trip.
“The architecture is so much better,” he said. “I like the idea that we could use a cathedral or castle as a landmark and find our way back.”
“It was a lot cleaner than American cities,” said Jennifer Knapp, a senior.
She expressed her emotional response to Dachau, explaining that her grandmother was Jewish.
Practicing German wasn’t always easy, however.
“They wanted to impress me with their English rather than hear me speak German,” said Wilcox.
All the students agreed it was nice to have free time, where they could basically find a cafe and relax, order the specialties of the countries they were in and meet back with a group
Gozigian said, “I found the best dessert ever. It was called a nutella wonder. A waffle cone filled with nutella, whipped cream, and hazelnutsm.”
Germany is not the place to go if you are vegetarian, Russell noted. The group went to a traditional beer garden and enjoyed bratwurst, sauerkraut and gigantic pretzels.
The students mentioned that in spite of the numerous Starbucks, they very much enjoyed experiencing a different culture. They laughed about the fact that McDonalds offered a whopper on a baguette.
The end result is 61 teenagers experienced a different culture, conducted themselves with dignity and broadened their horizons immeasurably, Pindar said.