Entries by Tayla Myree

The Birth of an Idea

By Raymundo Juarez At 6:00, on a Saturday morning, my alarm rang the new day in, waking me up for one of my regular A.M. runs. The circumstances, however, were not regular. This was my first morning waking up in a foreign country, having landed in the city of Budapest less than 12 hours before.  […]

Nations as Extended Family

By Autumn McMillan I’ve been to five countries in the last two weeks – Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, and Czech Republic. When I call home to my friends I always make sure to open up with this punch-line. Yet during my journey through these five countries, a frustrating contradiction stood out to me. Each of […]

The Political Power of Victimhood and Guilt

By Jay Skelton Everyone has been a victim of something, of someone; and, because of that, everyone feels sorry for a fellow victim.  Everyone can respect a fellow victim.  Everyone can trust a fellow victim.  But what if that person that is respected, that is trusted, is not the victim at all.  What if those […]

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 […]