Organized by our History & Music departments, our 8-12th graders commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 today with an online event.
On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we grieve together with our American friends. We mourn with those who lost friends and relatives that day and those who were seriously injured or traumatized. None of us will ever forget that fateful day.
~German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass
After 9/11, the world changed!
With heavy hearts, German Consul General Oliver Schramm, Head of School Kathrin Roeschel, and Board President Dr. Horst Groesser talked about how they remember the events 20 years ago (being in the US that day or in Berlin with American friends). They emphasized the importance of friendship, compassion, and inclusion – and underlined GISSV's aims and values - as they are also described in the mission statement - to inspire students to become global citizens and promote responsibility and critical thinking.
In a moving video GISSV parents and staff described how they experienced the events in different parts of the world and the (pre-)trauma that still affects freedom and privacy in our daily life.
Before former GISSV American History teacher Michael Rolufs gave a talk, we heard Sting's 'Fragile' presented by 9th and 10th graders.
Mr. Rolufs gave a historical overview and stepped deeper into the topics that had already been discussed by the parents in the video - looked into causes, consequences and also reflected the events from today's perspective. And he once again emphasized the importance of critical thinking.
The event ended with a minute of silence and discussions in the classrooms.