On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Almanya in Arabic did not take place in a class room. Instead DOZ organized an exciting trip to Dresden, the state capital of Saxony, Germany. Some of the participants had already joined us for an Almanya Seminar before, but there were also some new faces.
In the morning we took the train from Leipzig to Dresden. Once we arrived there, our guides led the group of 17 people through the Old Town of Dresden. Despite the grey sky, the group got a very good impression of the beautiful architecture and history of the Old Town. We visited the “Frauenkirche”, the New Synagoge, the Residence Castle, and strolled along the banks of the river Elbe and along the old town wall.
In order to counter the following exhaustion, we went to a pizzeria for an extensive lunch.
Strengthened and relaxed we continued to the German Hygiene Museum, which has a great exhibition about “Racism. The Invention of Human Races”. This exhibition demonstrates the harmful power that this scientific invention of the “human races” has had since the 18th century. Furthermore, it addresses the politics of racial exploitation in the colonial period (displayed in human zoos or ethnological expositions). The aftereffects extend to our present society, in the form of everyday racism, among other things. Therefore, this topic was of special interest for us and very suitable for this excursion.