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Special Week Grade 11: The Vietnam War

In view of the developments in Eastern Europe, the topic of war took on a new relevance for the students of grade 11 in their project week, in which they examined causes, dynamics and effects of the Vietnam War. Teacher Hendrik Schuhmacher provided the students with information, documents and extensive documentaries about the Vietnam War. The students prepared interesting presentations about the most important Vietnam movies, such as “Platoon” and “Deer Hunter” and the class watched documentaries about today’s victims of “Agent Orange”, the My Lai Massacre, and finally discussed Francis Ford Coppola’s famous Vietnam feature “Apocalypse Now”.

The highlight of the project was once again the visit of a Vietnam War Veteran, a contemporary witness who visited the school for the ninth time: Captain William S. Whorton, highly decorated member of the U.S. Marine Corps, served 21 months in infantry combat from 1964-1966 and from 1968-1969. His candid, insightful, and very personal stories and responses to questions captivated the attention and were greatly appreciated by the students.

Last but not least, his response to the question what he thinks of the Vietnam war after all the years was simple: “It was insane!”