In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.
— Winston S. Churchill —
Where are we going?
The Cost of Freedom is an eighteen-day tour of Germany and Poland that will bring the horrors and heroism of the Second World War to life for its students.
When is this trip?
Our tour group departed from Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday, June 14, 2018 and arrived in Munich the following day. We will then travel across Central Europe, basing out of four cities: Berchtesgaden, Munich, Berlin (all in Germany) and Krakow, Poland. As we travel, we will read about the experiences of five individuals who witnessed the greatest calamity ever to strike the human race and learn the lessons of history through their eyes:
- A servant at Adolf Hitler’s Berghof home in Berchtesgaden
- A Nazi party official at the 1937 Nuremberg rallies
- A member of the Wannsee conference in 1942
- A German resistance member during the 1944 “Valkyrie” plot to overthrow the Nazis
- A Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz death camp
We will also visit a number of historical and cultural sites unconnected with the Second World War which will allow students to explore the rich heritage of the German and Polish nations.
Why are we offering this trip?
Although the Second World War remains a central element of both historical education and popular entertainment, its roots, course and true horrors have in many ways been forgotten or misunderstood. In a world which seeks to promote tolerance and understanding, AET hopes to ground students in historical and moral truths which transcend the tides of modern culture, to show them that there are some ideas and principles which must always be opposed, and to remind them that the Cost of Freedom is always high.
How much did this trip cost?
This trip cost a maximum of $4,100. This covered all transportation costs (airline, train, and possibly van rental), hotels, admission fees, and a daily continental breakfast at some hotels. The payment schedule was as follows:
- $600 non-refundable deposit due November 1, 2017
- $2,000 travel payment due January 1, 2018
- $1,500 final payment (may be less depending on total costs) due March 1, 2018
To follow along with this amazing trip, check out the images below! More images to come!