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Identity Without Representation: The Romani in Central Europe

By Gabrielle Marzolf Most of the conflicts that caused and progressed the Second World War were fueled by an intense and inherent sense of nationalism. Today, remnants of this nationalism can be found in Central Europe. Countries like Hungary and Poland have physical symbols of their national pride and past injuries. The flag of Transylvania […]

Remembering the Holocaust in Budapest

By Bryan Alicea Between 1941 and 1945, one of the most horrific events in human history took place. Known as the Holocaust, or “Shoah,” it claimed the lives of millions across Europe. Although the exact figures of the death toll are unknown, it is approximated that about 12 million people[1] were killed by the Nazi […]

Budapest’s Memento Park: An example for America?

By Caroline Bartholomew There is more to a monument than it’s physical presence — there is also the story behind who put it there and why. While these details are often overlooked, they are a crucial part of understanding the bigger picture and meaning of the monument. Two examples of how countries today are dealing […]

How to Close Your Borders

By Cate Ferson In the wake of the 2016 election, tensions between the Democrats and the Republicans are growing. However, the damages we are doing at home seem to be no match to those we are doing abroad. Trump’s “Mexican Wall” rhetoric has spread fear of the Hispanic population, which in the end, prevents people […]

Central Europe through a Cake Lens

By Cynthia Wang Fourteen days is a long time to be constantly on the move, yet it is still somehow insufficient to process painful histories and their physical reminders. Cake is a magnificent way to decompress. End your day with a selection of the local offering. Smother the horrors bouncing around the mind with sugar. […]

A Road to Reconstruction

By Rachel Watson The New Jewish Cemetery on Lotnicza Street in Wroclaw is a repository of history, which speaks volumes not only about the German and Jewish past of the city, but also about life here after WWII, when this region became a part of Poland.  I am proud to have contributed to the revival […]

Memories Forgotten

By Samantha Schantz Robert Kennedy once said, “There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.” This quote might apply to the situation of the city of […]

Experiencing the Berlin Wall Up Close

By Jeremy Covone The Berlin Wall was only a vague image and I lacked information of it before hand. Growing up and attending school my teachers hardly went into detail about the history of the Berlin Wall. I knew practically nothing about it other than that it was a wall and that many people died […]