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Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism

Often times, when the word “Holocaust” is mentioned we only think of one group of people, the Jews. There were several other minority groups that suffered through a tragic genocide as well during World War II. The Sinti and the Roma people, also known as “Gypsies” have long faced persecution in Europe. The peak of […]

Kazimierz

Kazimierz, a district of Poland’s southern city of Krakow, has historically been a sector of the city rich in Jewish culture. The Vistula River marks as a natural boundary, separating Kazimierz and Krakow’s center. In the year 1494, a large fire destroyed most of Krakow and consequently the Jewish townsfolk were scapegoated for this incident. […]

The New Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw

Wroclaw’s New Jewish Cemetery was founded in 1902 when Wroclaw’s Old Jewish Cemetery which, due to its central location near the center of Wroclaw, had no more room for expansion. The New Jewish Cemetery occupies roughly 27 acres, although most of the cemetery is closed off due to safety concerns and ongoing restoration projects. The […]

Institute of National Remembrance

The years of 1944-1945 are often falsely believed to be the beginning of a period of liberation, sovereignty, and restoration in Poland. On the contrary, post-war Poland fell into the grasp of Communism from 1944-1989. This period was defined by political, social, and religious oppression, intimidation, and unjustified murder, veiled behind the Iron Curtain. In […]

Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime

Background on Our Visit to the Memorial by Arielle Ingrassia A group of college students from New York travelled to Berlin, in part, to observe and remember victims of the Holocaust through various monuments dedicated to their memory. As students of the collective memory of post-war Europe, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe […]

The Church of Peace

Not far from Wrocław, in the small town of Świdnica, stands the Church of Peace, a house of worship for the Lutheran community. Built in 1656, it remains the largest timber-framed religious building in Europe and is now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. At the time of its construction, following the Peace of […]

Centennial Hall

The music rebounded through the historic setting; it was almost too easy to forget where we were, and be transported into the classical soundscape of an Italian opera. But in those moments when we did feel the greatness of the space it was hard not to imagine it being filled by thousands of Nazi supporters […]

Auschwitz

For many people around the world with the most basic understanding of history, Auschwitz is where the Holocaust happened. This common misconception understates the mass-scale, widespread systematic extermination of a race of people that was mandated under the Third Reich. In reality, the Holocaust not only took place in Auschwitz-Birkenau, but in 22 other main […]