AFS Americans Abroad Summer Program participants doing the "Bunny Hop" in West Berlin in 1954. Photograph courtesy of Inge Rauschning and featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the AFS Janus. This image cannot be reproduced outside the guidelines of United States Fair Use (17 U.S.C., Section 107) without advance permission from the AFS Archives.
AFS Americans Abroad Summer Program participants doing the “Bunny Hop” in West Berlin in 1954. Photograph courtesy of Inge Rauschning. Courtesy of the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS Archives.) This image cannot be reproduced outside the guidelines of United States Fair Use (17 U.S.C., Section 107) without advance permission from the AFS Archives and Inge Rauschning.

The photograph above shows Americans Abroad Summer Program participants doing the Bunny Hop at a ball in West Berlin in 1954. The ball was held in the cafeteria at the Technical University and was organized by AFS Returnee Inge Rauschning, who was chairman of the Berlin Student Returnee Group at the time. Inge chose not to sell tickets to the ball, but instead passed around a hat in the crowd in order to pay for the live band. The American students were hosted in a city that had not yet completely recovered from the war, and Inge ensured that their stay was filled with interesting events such as the ball and a visit to local breweries.

You can read more about the Americans Abroad Summer Program participants and Inge’s experience with AFS in the article entitled “AFS: Making the World a Better Place” (pp. 6-7) in the Fall 2015 issue of the AFS Janus!

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