Holocaust Studies

Students carry away debris in the cemetery.

Students carry away debris in the cemetery.

The 2011 group in front of the Schindler factory in Krakow.

Outside the Schindler factory in Krakow.

Albion College's 2011 Holocaust Studies group pauses alongside the train tracks at Auschwitz.

Alongside the train tracks at Auschwitz.

Jewish Cemetery Entrance 2011

Entrance to the New Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw.

Poland Trip Participants 2011

Participants in the 2011 Poland trip.

  • Students carry away debris in the cemetery.
  • The 2011 group in front of the Schindler factory in Krakow.
  • Albion College's 2011 Holocaust Studies group pauses alongside the train tracks at Auschwitz.
  • Jewish Cemetery Entrance 2011
  • Poland Trip Participants 2011

Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project in Poland

Our most recent trip: May 2015 |  Read the blog

The aim of this project is to help the Jewish community of Wrocław to tell its story.

At its peak, this community numbered in the thousands; today only a handful remain. The restoration of a large Jewish cemetery connects us with people who have preceded us in time, and engages us in recognizing their place in the "community of memory." This project honors the place of a people who have mostly vanished from Wrocław and Poland in the wake of the Holocaust, and helps the remaining community to reclaim an important cultural and historical artifact. As an act of historical recovery, this project stands as an active rebuke of ethnic violence anywhere in the world.

Next trip: May 2017

Interested in learning more? Email  to get your name on an interest list and receive notification of an upcoming information session.

The next HSSLP trip to Poland will be in May 2017 (estimated dates: May 6 - 18). We will leave for the airport immediately after commencement. The trip includes five days of service in a Jewish cemetery in Wrocław, followed by exploration of Kraków and a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau. For this next trip, we plan to add a couple days to go to Warsaw and visit the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Full cost per student is currently estimated at $2,700. Please note that we will be able to issue scholarships (some need-based) that will significantly bring down this amount. We encourage students to also take initiative to fundraise. In the past, some students have received funding from churches and synagogues in exchange for giving a presentation after the trip.

Participation in the trip includes a 0.5 unit class during Spring Semester 2017.

Other Recent Trips

Read the 2013 Poland Trip Blog

Read the 2011 Poland Trip Blog

Check out the interview! Gordon Evans of WMUK radio in Kalamazoo interviewed trip participants Megan Connolly and Jocelyn McWhirter about their experience. The piece aired on May 19, 2011. Listen to the interview and read the article!

Read the 2009 Poland Trip Blog