Albion College's Holocaust Studies Program Service-Learning Project in Poland will take place from May 9 to May 18, 2015. The students, faculty, and staff members will spend nine days in Poland working, learning, and visiting sites related to the Holocaust and Polish Jewry.
The group will spend five days in Wroclaw, mostly doing hard physical work restoring a Jewish cemetery. In the evening, the group will meet to discuss readings and their experiences.
The group will travel to Krakow, where they will visit Kazimierz, the city's historic Jewish quarter. The group will visit Oskar Schindler's former factory at 4 Lipowa Street, where in 2001 Albion College students dedicated a large historical plaque which adorns the building. Visits to other historically and culturally important Jewish sites in Krakow are planned as well.
Finally, the group will make an excursion to nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau.
During the spring semester students going on the trip meet for a mandatory one-half-unit proseminar that covers the history of Poland, the Holocaust, Jews in Poland both before and after World War II, and the transformation of Poland since the fall of communism.