Programs

Summer Program to Visit World War II Sites

From D-Day to Berlin: World War II Sites in England, France, Germany

During the three week academic program, students will visit London, Portsmouth, Normandy, Paris, Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin.

Reward: earn 4 hours of Sewanee credit 
with Dr. Goldberg's WWII course in the spring and 
4 more on the summer program - 
see battlefields, monuments, and walk the beaches!

The summer program "From D-Day to Berlin: World War II Sites in England, France, Germany" offers Sewanee students an opportunity to visit many of the most important battlefields, monuments, museums, and cultural sites associated with the second world war in Western Europe. During this three week study-excursion, students will be able to view the rooms where Churchill met his cabinet and followed the progression of the war, the headquarters office where Eisenhower and his staff planned the D-Day invasion, the D-Day beaches themselves as well as the American cemetery that overlooks Omaha Beach, the hotel that served as German headquarters in Paris as well as plaques to resistance fighters that still adorn bullet-ridden buildings in the heart of the city, numerous places in Munich where the Nazi movement rose from insignificance to attempted world domination, the horrors of Dachau concentration camp, the Nuremberg courthouse where Nazi criminals were put on trial after the war, and finally the city of Berlin with its many reminders of both the world war and the cold war.

The trip is led by Professor Harold Goldberg, who has written two books on World War II and has visited all of these sites extensively.

  • See how London survived
  • Land in Normandy and hit the D-Day beaches               WWII_essentials_image
  • Explore Paris and the resistance
  • Visit Nazi haunts in Munich
  • Witness the end of the Third Reich in Berlin

For additional details, contact Professor Goldberg at hgoldber@sewanee.edu or in his
office: 931-598-1566.

WWII_London_imageLand in London and Visit

  • The fabulous collection at the Imperial War Museum
  • Churchill's operations center in the war cabinet rooms
  • A World War II cruiser that saw action during the D-Day landings                         
  • Enjoy a free day to explore this exciting city

 

 

 

Normandy

  • Cross the channel by ferry and land in Normandy
  • See amazing stained glass windows dedicated to paratroopers  WWII_Normandy_image                 
  • Walk on the sand of the D-Day beaches
  • Gaze into the barrel of German artillery pieces
  • Walk the sacred soil of the American cemetery
  • Visit the fabulous Caen Memorial Museum

 

 Visit Paris and Celebrate the Liberation of That Great City

  • WWII_Paris_imageGo to Napoleon's marble tomb and discover who is buried there
  • Walk the halls of the famous Ecole Militaire and its great World War II museum
  • Wonder at Notre Dame Cathedral and the Deportation Museum nearby
  • Marvel at Churchill and de Gaulle
  • Enjoy free time to explore the museums of this amazing city

 






Visit Munich and be a Witness to

  • Where the Nazi movement was born
  • Headquarters of the Munich Conference and the betrayal of Czechoslovakia‌
  • The horrors of Dachau concentration camp

 

 

 

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Experience Berlin

  • Encounter the darkside at Gestapo headquarters
  • Discover Germany's new holocaust memorial sites
  • Learn about Berlin since 1945
  • Enjoy a free day in this reborn city

 

  

 


Nuremberg

  • Visit the courthouse where Nazi atrocities were exposedWWII_Nuremberg_image
  • Walk on the parade grounds where Nazi rallies were held
  • Relive the horror of the Triumph of the Will   

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE TRIP START?
Based on student requests, we will leave as early as possible in May after Commencement and fly to London. Our program will begin immediately as I do not believe in wasting your time!
 
2. HOW LONG WILL WE BE IN EUROPE?
The trip lasts for 3 weeks and gets you back to the U.S. in early June with plenty of summertime left.

3. WHERE WILL WE BE GOING?
We will visit sites associated with the war in Europe on the western front in London, Portsmouth, Normandy (D-Day Beaches, Bayeux, Caen), Paris, Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin. This website provides much of the information you need, and a detailed itinerary will be distributed to all participants.

4. ARE ALL OF OUR VISITS RELATED TO WORLD WAR II?
The battlefields, museums, cemeteries, and other sites we visit relate to World War II and have been carefully chosen for this reason.

5. WILL THERE BE ANY FREE TIME?
Most of the time is devoted to our educational mission with visits everyday that enhance our understanding of the war. There is free time built into the schedule in London, Paris, and Berlin. 

6. HOW MUCH DOES THE TRIP COST?
The trip price depends on several factors including hotel availability, the exchange rate, and other factors I cannot control. The price was $5900 including airfare in 2015.

7. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST?
The cost includes Sewanee tuition for 4 credit hours for the summer program (one course), accommodations for students at 2-3 per room; continental breakfast daily; transportation within Europe; all transfers to and from hotels; all bus transportation between sites; all rail transportation between cities; the cost of most activities on the itinerary, including most of the entry fees to museums and other places on the tour; and several dinners. 

8. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST?
The cost includes continental breakfast every day but does not include most meals other than breakfast. Students pay for their own lunch and most dinners (with several exceptions). Items of a personal nature, such as passports, gifts, telephone calls, snacks, and souvenirs are not included.

9. HOW MANY CREDITS CAN I EARN?
You may earn up to 8 hours of credit if you take my World War II class in the spring and this summer program. You may earn 4 hours of credit on the summer trip.

10. WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR SIGNING UP AND PAYING THE DEPOSIT?
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Students will be asked to pay a deposit to hold their place. The balance will be due early in the spring semester. The number of spaces on this trip is limited and in the past it filled up quickly.

11. WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR SIGNING UP?
Good academic/social standing is the minimum requirement for all students.

12. WILL ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE A GRADE FOR THIS COURSE?
Yes. The grade will be based on journals, exams, and participation during the trip. Students are required to take notes as we travel to prepare for any graded assignments.

13. ARE ALL MAJORS ELIGIBLE?
Yes, any student is eligible who meets the criteria above.

14. WHAT ABOUT FRESHMEN AND SENIORS?
Freshmen who meet the other criteria of good academic/social standing are eligible. Graduating seniors may be accepted for the trip if space is available. Even graduated seniors will receive a grade (unfortunately there is no price reduction for seniors as everything is booked at a group rate).

15. IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
Unfortunately Sewanee does not make financial aid portable for summer trips. Financial aid is portable for students who may be required to study abroad in their major (foreign language majors, etc.) But like many other summer trips this one is not required and students will have to finance the trip themselves. Some students may be eligible for loan through the financial aid office. If in doubt, please contact the financial aid office.

16. SHOULD I BUY MY OWN PLANE TICKET?
I have organized the trip with airfare included and without airfare. Why? Because I am always trying to save your money and I will investigate both possibilities every summer. 

17. HOW SHOULD I PACK??
Pack light!!! While transfers from airports to hotels are included, we will at times carry our own luggage. Airlines place limits on luggage these days (one suitcase and one carry-on per person). Leave room for souvenirs, but don't forget to bring all prescription medications in their original bottles with the label visible.

18. WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?
It is cool in Europe and sometimes really cold with rain. In May the temperatures may range in the 50's during the day and the 40's at night. It often rains in Northern Europe, which is roughly on the same latitude as Canada. You should bring a heavy sweater, jacket or coat and a rain poncho. Be prepared to put on layers as necessary. Remember the weather on D-Day was cold and wet!

19. WHAT ABOUT STUDENT BEHAVIOR?
Students are advised that this is a study trip. Students are also reminded that they are guests in other countries and should act accordingly--with respect for other customs, ideas, and cultures. Dr. Goldberg reserves the right to send home any student who behaves in a way that brings dishonor on our university, our study group, our country, etc. Such disciplinary action would be at the student's own expense.  

 

For additional details, contact Professor Goldberg at hgoldber@sewanee.edu 
or in his office: 931-598-1566.