Entries by Danielle McDowell

Football Hooligans And Their Role In Polish Politics

Written by Ivan Laryionenka Loud, radical, passionate and extremely organized. Unlike the rest of the group that I went to a recent Slask Wroclaw soccer match with, I wasn’t surprised to see a group of a couple of thousand youngsters gathered up behind one of the goalposts. In Europe, soccer fan culture differs greatly from […]

Did Poland and Hungary Lose Their EU Pride?

Written by Ivan Laryionenka A strong, prosperous and proud alliance, where each member is ready to cooperate and work side by side with each other for the greater benefit, and is eager to show off its membership in every way possible – that is how I viewed the European Union before beginning my semester abroad. […]

Resilience

Written By Deborah Sue-Ho As I walked past barracks where people were housed like animals, buildings which were destroyed to keep in dark secrets, gloomy pictures of people pulled apart from their loved ones, I can only imagine the anguish and pain. Our tour guide painted the picture of the time with gory details as […]

Wawel Castle: An Enduring Symbol of Polish Identity

Written By Caroline Bartholomew Throughout its long and tumultuous history, Poland’s borders changed constantly and even disappeared from the map entirely during the 19th century. However, despite numerous occupations and two world wars, Wawel Castle in Krakow remained a concrete symbol of Polish identity. As a foreigner and a student learning about Polish history, visiting […]

Baby Killers

Written by Cynthia Wang What could I possibly hope to tell you about Auschwitz-Birkenau that you have not already heard a hundred times over? I have nothing new to add to the discussion about the atrocities of the Holocaust. The combined effort of all the languages in the world falls short in the attempt to […]

Ignoring the Memory of Auschwitz

By Cate Ferson While looking through the calendar for this program at the beginning of the semester, I felt a mix of excitement and dread when I noticed that we were going to be spending a day at the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp. Those feelings stayed with me until the day we went there. Having studied […]

The Communist Terror in Hungary

By Bryan Alicea During the Second World War, Hungary was allied with Nazi Germany. In 1941, Hungary agreed to participate in Operation Barbarossa, a large-scale invasion of the Soviet Union conducted by Germany and its allies. By 1945, the tide of the war had turned against Germany, and the Soviet Union was advancing all over […]

Auschwitz: Graveyard or Media Platform

By Leah Killian When visiting places like Auschwitz-Birkenau it is important to remember where you are. Not only are these places historically important sites and museum, but they are also graveyards to the millions of people who died there. This important fact is not something that is easily forgotten unless you have a phone or […]

The Soviet Cover-up of Jewish Identity

By Leah Killian Jewish Identity in Central and Eastern Europe is something that has been covered up and erased in the post-WWII era, specifically by the Soviet Union during its dominance over this region. Jewish history is something Europe struggles with as a whole, but it is especially true in Central Europe. In the cities […]