Gymnasium Brody

In 2019 I made a trip to Brody in the Ukraine with my partner. A place more often visited by lovers of the writer Joseph Roth. The visit to Brody was part of a trip to Kiev and Lviv. 

For me, Brody had a magical sound, the place where the writer Joseph Roth grew up. The man who wrote the eye-opening book the Radetzky March. However, apart from that, it is a city that symbolizes the history of Europe in the 20th century. 

Many historic buildings in the town have been demolished, however the Gymnasium is still present.

The Gymnasium that was once part of the Habsburg Empire (Crown Prince Rudolph Gymnasium) changed its name and owner several times over the years to eventually continue to exist today as the "Ivan Trush Gymnasium".

Where in the Netherlands schools have been transformed into modern fortresses with ergonomic chairs and a lot of use of electronics, this building exudes wisdom and history through its complete tranquility. I have noticed for years that the optimization behavior of the Dutch has also led to the disappearance of the rough edges of life. The beauty of a sun rays through an old weathered window, the old crooked lamppost against which you can hang, it all has a beauty in it.

We visited the school during the summer holidays, the students were absent and so we could wandering freely around.

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