Poland Trip Description
Albion College's Holocaust Studies Program Service-Learning Project in Poland will take place from May 11 to May 20, 2013. 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.
Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project in Poland
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The aim of this project is to help the Jewish community of Wroclaw 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 Wroclaw 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.
Other Recent Trips
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
Trip Application Form
The Holocaust Studies Service-Learning Project (HSSLP) will travel to Poland May 11 through May 20, 2013. Twenty students will accompany faculty and staff to help restore the New Jewish Cemetery in Wrocław and study at Holocaust sites in Kraków, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz/Auschwitz-Birkenau).
Note application deadline:
All Albion College students are invited to apply. Application forms are due Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Notification of selection will be made November 19, 2012. Accepted students will be able to add the course after registration.
Each participant will take a half-unit seminar (IDY 198 Holocaust Studies) during the spring semester. This seminar will meet on six evenings in February, March, and April; a 10-page paper and travel journal are required, and two additional readings will be the subject of evening discussions during the trip to Poland in May.
Students who have already participated in the HSSLP are also invited to apply. These students will register for a half-unit independent study to be completed during the spring semester. The independent study will focus on a Holocaust-related topic to be negotiated with the instructor. Attendance at the seven seminar meetings and full participation in the Poland trip (including the travel journal) will also be required. In general, qualified students who have not already participated in the HSSLP, as well as those who have taken LA 101 Holocaust, will be given priority into the program, but all interested students should apply.
The cost per person at present is set at around $2,500, including all travel, lodging, and some meals. A deposit of $300 is due December 1, 2012, and the balance of fees is due February 18, 2013. Limited scholarships will be available.
Please contact us online or visit a member of the 2013 Holocaust Studies Services-Learning Project Staff:
Al Pheley, The Gerald R. Ford Institute
Geoffrey Cocks, History Department
Marcy Sacks, History Department
Drew Dunham, Registrar's Office
Frank Kelemen, Counseling Services
Daniel McQuown, Chaplain's Office
Jocelyn McWhirter, Religious Studies Department
Download a PDF version of the application for the Holocaust Studies Program Service-Learning Project here:
2013 Holocaust Studies Trip Application
Video: Holocaust Studies 2001 Poland Trip
The video "Constructing a Community of Memory: Holocaust Studies at Albion College," featuring footage of the 2001 service-learning trip to Poland, explores the College's Holocaust Studies Program through interviews with students and faculty.
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