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The Soviet War Memorial

By Stella Van Ness The Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany was built in 1949 to commemorate those who fought in the Soviet army during the Second World War. I found that above all else the Soviet War Memorial is a symbol of power. The sheer scale of the memorial is enough to support this. […]

Monumental Progress: Memorials as a Part of Collective Memory

By Spencer Cottman Collective memory is an important part of national identity and is the vehicle for societies as a whole to reflect upon the nadirs and apexes of its history. It is easy for nations and societies to talk of their greatest achievements, it is a far more difficult task to approach their greatest […]

Broken beyond repair

By Rachel Watson An experience that was particularly breathtaking and informative to me in Berlin, Germany, was the Sinti and Roma Memorial and the way which it was constructed. I feel that there is a lack of regard for diverse minority communities in several history courses that cover the Holocaust and World War II era. […]

Trying to Walk in Their Shoes

By Maddie Petherick Gleis 17 is the platform in West Berlin from where the Jewish citizens of the city were deported to concentration camps, extermination camps, ghettos, and other mass death sites beginning in 1941. On May 29, 2017, our class visited the memorial at this platform. Here, our German teaching assistant Josefine, who has […]

A Wall Without Borders

By Jonalynn C. Lao The gorgeous city of Berlin; is home to many famous sights and landmarks throughout the city. For instance, the magnificent Brandenburg Gate is an iconic symbol of Berlin and is one of Germany’s most visited landmarks. After seeing the Gate, visitors can head to the Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm) and enjoy […]

One Path Leads to Another and Another

By Erin Harrison As I stood on the platforms of Grunewald Station: Track 17, located on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany, I tried to deeply grasp the feeling of what it would be like as the trains pulled up. I tried to imagine boarding on a path to the unknown. Thousands of Jewish families were […]

The Invisible Memorial

By Emilie Bouchard As a child, whenever I visited a memorial or any historical site, my father always told me to imagine myself as if I were there. He always said to stand and take in my surroundings. As I do this, I imagine myself as if I were witnessing the historical moment. While this […]

The Feeling of the Holocaust

By Abigail Thaine Time after time it has been said that seeing is believing. While this statement does ring true, a more accurate version may be that experiencing the feeling of a location leads to greater understanding and believing. This past week in Central Europe has been a whirlwind of rediscovering history. Like so many […]