Griffin tours Europe

Published 4:04 pm Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Former outstanding Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Douglas Griffin learned much about the Germans, their culture, and their history during a summer educational trip to Europe.

Griffin, who has been majoring in civil engineering and minoring in German at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, took a trip to Germany with students from other colleges.

Classes were Monday and Wednesday and field trips were Tuesday and Thursday. After Thursday, he and the other students were allowed to travel to other parts of the country. They visited the Anne Frank Museum and got a chance to visit the hideout where she and her family lived and hid from the German army. They also visited the Eagle’s Nest bunkers and the Dachau Concentration Camp.

Griffin’s, group also traveled to Salzburg, Austria, where the famous composer Mozart was born.

“While in Germany, we visited the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin where President Obama spoke during his European tour last summer.” Griffin said. ‘We also went to Check Point Charlie and the former site of the Berlin Wall. President Obama is pretty popular throughout Germany.”

Griffin also visited a Berlin television tower that is the second tallest structure in Europe and the site where more than 5 million Germans left for America between 1849 and 1929.