Entries by Tayla Myree

The Roma Are People Too

By Clare Toner Part of what drew me to the Central Europe Program offered by Syracuse University is its focus on the Holocaust. Prior to beginning this semester abroad, I considered myself to be well-versed on this subject. I studied it throughout my elementary, middle, and high school history courses in small doses and felt […]

Let History Speak for Itself

By Kyra McDermott In every corner of the world, monuments and memorials are created to commemorate pieces of the past that need to be remembered. During our travels throughout Europe, I began to pay closer attention to the effectiveness of each of these memorials. Before this trip, I tended to take memorials for what they were […]

Anachronistic Architecture

By Rody Conway Can a city be out-of-place?  Vienna and Budapest, the two capitals of the former dual-monarchy of Austria-Hungary, don’t feel like they belong in the 21st century. The abundance of intact gothic, renaissance, and baroque architecture places these two cities in a sort of limbo in time. Despite the recent explosion in popularity […]

Overshadowing Holocaust Remembrance in Central Europe

By Taylor Krzeminski In Central Europe, memorialization of lost life during and after the Third Reich rarely centers on how to remember, but who is worth remembering. Places of remembrance often engage in rewriting history – distancing citizens from complicity under fascist and communist parties as times of ‘foreign occupation’. Besides small acknowledgements of the impact […]

Places of Worship Commercialized

By Anthony Russo During all of our travels the one thing I was most taken back by was the synagogues we visited. I was raised in a very catholic/Christian household. I had been to a number of different churches from a variety of different denominations of Christianity. Baptist churches were much more laid back and […]

Children of The Diaspora

By Hanz Valbuena “Asgard is not a place, it’s a people.” Thor: Ragnarok may have been heavily and rightfully criticized, but when I heard this line, it hit home. My concept of nationality and identity is ever so inconsistent and fluid, but I want to believe that a nation lives through its people, not its […]

Memorialization Through Romafuturism

By Tayla Myree “We need a Malcolm X,” said Ladislava Gaziova, a Romani activist and one of the founders of Prague’s Romafuturism Library. She went on to describe the many acts of discrimination that the Romani people have had to face such as unequal access to education, unemployment, housing discrimination, colorism, and many other issues. […]

Looking at Central Europe Through Its Synagogues

By Ciera Moore The influence of Jewish culture and religion is apparent all throughout Europe to this day, despite the efforts of the Nazi regime to destroy it. Even if there were no remaining synagogues or religious places, there are monuments commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. Every city we visited in Europe thus far […]

Hammer and Sickle; Canvas and Brush

By Abbey Metzler Let me tell you a story. The year is 1963. You live in a town up in the hills outside of Budapest. Your country, the Hungarian People’s Republic, is run by the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party. Or really it is run by men in Moscow who have never been to your town, […]