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One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of European unity and peace as well as a reminder of a difficult past. The gate stands on the location that, historically, marked the city limits of Berlin and leads to the palace of the Prussian monarchs. During WWII, it became a symbol of Nazi power; and during the Cold War, it became a border crossing between East and West Berlin. Post reunification, it became the main site for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The gate has stood through vastly different eras of German history and, now, surrounding the plaza are a number of foreign embassies, government buildings and many tourists with selfie sticks!
One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of European unity and peace as well as a reminder of a difficult past. The gate stands on the location that, historically, marked the city limits of Berlin and leads to the palace of the Prussian monarchs. During WWII, it became a symbol of Nazi power; and during the Cold War, it became a border crossing between East and West Berlin. Post reunification, it became the main site for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The gate has stood through vastly different eras of German history and, now, surrounding the plaza are a number of foreign embassies, government buildings and many tourists with selfie sticks!

Germany Close Up

Story and Photos by Julie Bagley and Avery Drongowski
Special to the Jewish News

The Well takes a group of young professionals to Germany to discover its Jewish history.

In late February, The Well, a Jewish community building, education and spirituality outreach initiative geared toward millennials, took 29 people to Germany to seek out its Jewish roots on a trip called “Germany Close Up” (GCU). Here are the photo highlights.

Avery Drongowski is a program and engagement associate at The Well. Julie Bagley is a member of The Well’s Bucket List, volunteer leaders who are stoked about building vibrant, inclusive and meaningful Jewish community in Metro Detroit.

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