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Football Hooligans And Their Role In Polish Politics

Written by Ivan Laryionenka Loud, radical, passionate and…
21 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Did Poland and Hungary Lose Their EU Pride?

Written by Ivan Laryionenka A strong, prosperous and proud…
21 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Resilience

Written By Deborah Sue-Ho As I walked past barracks where…
21 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Wawel Castle: An Enduring Symbol of Polish Identity

Written By Caroline Bartholomew Throughout its long and tumultuous…
21 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Baby Killers

Written by Cynthia Wang What could I possibly hope to tell…
21 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Ignoring the Memory of Auschwitz

By Cate Ferson While looking through the calendar for this…
8 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

The Communist Terror in Hungary

By Bryan Alicea During the Second World War, Hungary was allied…
8 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

A Monumental Dilemma – What To Do with Confederate Identity in America

By Diego Franco “Monuments are the grappling irons that…
8 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Auschwitz: Graveyard or Media Platform

By Leah Killian When visiting places like Auschwitz-Birkenau…
8 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

The Soviet Cover-up of Jewish Identity

By Leah Killian Jewish Identity in Central and Eastern Europe…
8 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Handling Memory through Public Memorials

By Deborah Sue-Ho As Central European countries attempt to…
7 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

The Lety Camp

7 November 2017/by Danielle McDowell

Identity Without Representation: The Romani in Central Europe

By Gabrielle Marzolf Most of the conflicts that caused and…
16 October 2017/by ula

Remembering the Holocaust in Budapest

By Bryan Alicea Between 1941 and 1945, one of the most horrific…
16 October 2017/by ula

Budapest’s Memento Park: An example for America?

By Caroline Bartholomew There is more to a monument than it’s…
16 October 2017/by ula

How to Close Your Borders

By Cate Ferson In the wake of the 2016 election, tensions…
12 October 2017/by ula

Central Europe through a Cake Lens

By Cynthia Wang Fourteen days is a long time to be constantly…
12 October 2017/by ula

Decoding a Yard Full of Graves

3 July 2017/by ula

My Work in the Service Learning Project and Why it’s Such a Meaningful Opportunity

By Eric Weisansal Many of the historical sites we have visited…
26 June 2017/by ula

A Road to Reconstruction

By Rachel Watson The New Jewish Cemetery on Lotnicza Street…
26 June 2017/by ula

Memories Forgotten

By Samantha Schantz Robert Kennedy once said, “There are…
26 June 2017/by ula

Experiencing the Berlin Wall Up Close

By Jeremy Covone The Berlin Wall was only a vague image and…
26 June 2017/by ula

Preserving a Forgotten Past

By Stella Van Ness The city of Wroclaw, Poland has a lengthy…
26 June 2017/by ula

The Rise Of Dark Tourism

By Jonalynn Lao There is no doubt that the tourism industry…
26 June 2017/by ula

Eyes That Are Always Watching

By Maddie Petherick During the era of the German Democratic…
26 June 2017/by ula

Gleis 17: The Site of Deportation

By Emily Nestler The purpose of observing and studying the…
23 June 2017/by ula

The Impact of Auschwitz

By Emily Nestler The devastating story and journey of the…
23 June 2017/by ula

Remnants of a Complicated History

By Abigail Thaine The city of Wroclaw has a long and complex…
23 June 2017/by ula

Experiencing the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

By Dustin Ducey In the prior days before visiting the Auschwitz…
23 June 2017/by ula

Restoring the History of the New Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw

23 June 2017/by ula

The Invisible Cemeteries

By Emilie Bouchard Cemeteries have always been interesting…
22 June 2017/by ula

The Significance of Cemeteries: A Service Learning Experience

By Spencer Cottman      When dealing with the passing…
22 June 2017/by ula

The Soviet War Memorial

By Stella Van Ness The Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany…
19 June 2017/by ula

Monumental Progress: Memorials as a Part of Collective Memory

By Spencer Cottman Collective memory is an important part…
19 June 2017/by ula

Places of Awareness

19 June 2017/by ula

Broken beyond repair

By Rachel Watson An experience that was particularly breathtaking…
19 June 2017/by ula

Trying to Walk in Their Shoes

By Maddie Petherick Gleis 17 is the platform in West Berlin…
18 June 2017/by ula

A Wall Without Borders

By Jonalynn C. Lao The gorgeous city of Berlin; is home to…
18 June 2017/by ula

One Path Leads to Another and Another

By Erin Harrison As I stood on the platforms of Grunewald…
18 June 2017/by ula

The Rise of Totalitarianism: East Berlin Through the Lens of George Orwell’s 1984

By Eric Weisansal I never quite understood why most of all…
18 June 2017/by ula

The Invisible Memorial

By Emilie Bouchard As a child, whenever I visited a memorial…
18 June 2017/by ula

The Feeling of the Holocaust

By Abigail Thaine Time after time it has been said that seeing…
18 June 2017/by ula

Unintentional Erasure: Changing Monuments to Match New Historical Interpretation

By Brigitta Pupillo I have mentioned before in my previous…
13 December 2016/by ula

I Am Still Here

By Ali Dunbar This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to see who…
12 December 2016/by ula

A Major Identity Crisis

By Rosa Beyk Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating…
12 December 2016/by ula

Identity Challenges of Women in Resistance

By Lindsay Zerfas Resistance to the Nazi regime took many…
12 December 2016/by ula

Dwelling in Countermemorials

6 December 2016/by ula

Justifying Memorials

21 November 2016/by ula

The Two Visible Minorities in Prague: A Social Discourse of “Othering”

By Ali Dunbar Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations…
15 November 2016/by ula

Dwelling in Places of Violent Memory

15 November 2016/by ula

The Imperfect quest for a “Perfect” Memorial

By Lindsay Zerfas “We would like to know how you would generate…
10 November 2016/by ula

German Memorials: Respect, Education and Reconciliation

By Brigitta Pupillo From the start of our trip in Central…
9 November 2016/by ula

Reconciling National Narratives and Commemoration: Voices Still Waiting to Be Heard

27 October 2016/by ula

Remembrance through Knowledge

26 October 2016/by ula

Poland’s 1968 Anti-Semitic Campaign: Why Historical Dialogue is Important

By Brigitta Pupillo When I first arrived in Central Europe…
24 October 2016/by ula

Spaces of Lost Memory

By Charlotte Oestrich Every country has a past, as does each…
22 October 2016/by ula

Exploring the Concept of Stories in Central Europe

By Lindsay Zerfas Stories are an integral part of many children’s…
22 October 2016/by ula

Auschwitz: The Challenge of Remembering

By Arielle Pressman Today, the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau…
18 December 2015/by ula

The Warsaw Ghetto Maccabee

By Arielle Pressman Hanukkah 2015 has made it here, and like…
11 December 2015/by ula

History Repeats Itself

By Domenica Vera Berlin, the capital of Germany, is home to…
2 December 2015/by ula

Putting a Face to a Name

By Domenica Vera I have been asked many times why I have decided…
2 December 2015/by ula

Forget-me-not

By Katherine Vargas Walking through the red and orange…
29 November 2015/by ula

Heaven is a Place on Earth

By Katherine Vargas We disembarked our bus at a commercial…
29 November 2015/by ula

“Hier Wohnte”

By Renata Husted They used to live here. In this four-leveled…
25 November 2015/by ula

Aktion T4

By Monica Pellerano I remember writing: writing lines, writing…
25 November 2015/by ula

70 Years, 9 Months, and 20 Days

By Renata Husted It has been 70 years, 9 months, and 20 days…
25 November 2015/by ula

Are We Actually Seeing?

Erin Kenney Being in Berlin, a significantly historical city…
14 November 2015/by ula

Self-Hating Jewess Writes Pro-Palestine Article for Urban Labs Central Europe

By Farrell Brenner Three months ago, I stood ankle-deep…
12 November 2015/by ula

The Berlin Wall: A Symbol of Oppression

By Marcin Zak   The Berlin Wall is a testament…
12 November 2015/by ula

The Creation of a National Identity through Militarization

By Monica Pellerano Military Museums have so often been…
12 November 2015/by ula

My Big Fat Gyspy Wedding or My Big Fat False Portrayal?

By Erin Kenney Several months ago, if someone asked me…
12 November 2015/by ula

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Grappling with the Unspeakable

By Marcin Zak To visit the old Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration…
12 November 2015/by ula

I won’t write about Auschwitz.

By Farrell Greenwald Brenner Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang…
12 November 2015/by ula

How do we measure depravity: In meters? In feet?

By Monica Pellerano You know how some of the most beautiful…
12 November 2015/by ula

Kriesi test

11 November 2015/by ula

Creating Identity Through Dialogue

By Domenica V. Vera If there were any place I would choose…
27 October 2015/by ula

The Vanishing Footsteps of a People’s History

By Katherine Vargas Coming into this program, I knew little…
20 October 2015/by ula

From Water Parks to Wake Up Calls

By Renata Husted Type in the phrase “Vilnius Nightlife”…
20 October 2015/by ula

One History, Two Narratives

By Erin Martha Kenney During our travels in Lithuania and…
15 October 2015/by ula

A New Light Shines for the Memory of Jewish Poland

By Arielle Pressman When I first told my mother I wanted…
14 October 2015/by ula

We don’t discuss the echoes

By Farrell Brenner As a patrilineal Jew and a student…
13 October 2015/by ula

Warsaw is Rising

By Marcin Zak In a perfect world, it would be difficult to…
13 October 2015/by ula

The East Side Gallery: Forum and Monument

By Michael Kosowski To recall the first time that I, to use…
10 June 2015/by ula

Memorials, Remembrances, and their Interpretations

By Megan Gorenflo Berlin is a large and well-known city in…
10 June 2015/by ula

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Adequate Enough?

By Meagan Edwards In the heart of Berlin there lies a monument.…
10 June 2015/by ula

Field of Stelae

By Kylie Britt A memorial is a structure that creates a place…
10 June 2015/by ula

Do No Harm

By Kaylee De Zalia More than seventy years after the Holocaust,…
10 June 2015/by ula

Inappropriate Memorials: Berlin’s Failure

By Katie Thomas Memorials are used as tools with which the…
10 June 2015/by ula

The Hidden Truth inside East Berlin

By Jackie Myers At the end of World War II, Germany was split…
10 June 2015/by ula

Memorials and Memory

By Elon Clarke Day after day on this trip, the other students…
10 June 2015/by ula

Poland’s Elections: A Grim Future?

By Michael Kosowski My face was pressed against the glass…
10 June 2015/by ula

Memories, Reflections and the Holocaust

By Megan Gorenflo When I was thirteen, I traveled with a school…
10 June 2015/by ula

Auschwitz: An Experience and Lesson No One Should Ever Forget

By Meagan Edwards Shortly after the end of the Second World…
10 June 2015/by ula

A Visit to Auschwitz

By Kylie Britt As a student learning about the Holocaust,…
10 June 2015/by ula

Shadows of a Hidden Past

By Kaylee De Zalia At first glance, the Galicia Jewish Museum…
10 June 2015/by ula

Appalling Auschwitz: Confronting the Past

By Katie Thomas Recently, we have been discussing the differences…
10 June 2015/by ula

Centennial Hall, Hope from the Past, a quiet message for the Future

By Elon Clarke Begun as a space for the general public of…
10 June 2015/by ula

Inside the Barbed Wire Fences: Auschwitz and Birkenau

By Jacquelyn Myers From around the world people have come…
10 June 2015/by ula

The Holocaust, in general

By: Kara McGrane The Holocaust was a specific, disquieting…
8 December 2014/by ula

The Lack of Discourse between Monuments and People

By: Kara McGrane In most cases, a memorial is erected to commemorate…
8 December 2014/by ula

Marble made Monument

By: Megan Newell The comfortable little gem of a city known…
4 December 2014/by ula

Stalin and Hitler as Statisticians

By: Megan Newell While walking the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau,…
4 December 2014/by ula

Leaving Space for Memory

By: Jake “Andy” Fabrizio Historical injustices do not…
3 December 2014/by ula

A Museum of Memory

By: Jake “Andy” Fabrizio In the days leading up to our…
3 December 2014/by ula

“Colossal Cement”

By: Madeline Diorio Three months after walking around foreign…
3 December 2014/by ula

BLOCK 27: IDEOLOGY KILLS

By: Madeline Diorio Following the Second World War Auschwitz-Birkenau…
3 December 2014/by ula

Relations Between Peoples of a Troubled East Central Europe

By: Kevin Kuzniczci From the mountains and foothills of the…
3 December 2014/by ula

The Reconstruction of Relations

By: Page Garbee Generally when something breaks or falls…
3 December 2014/by ula

The Holocaust Memorial: An Individually Unique Experience

By: Samantha Avalos During my process of reflection on my…
2 December 2014/by ula

Contemplation of Themes Concerning Identities

By: Kevin Kuzniczci Throughout the semester abroad in Central…
27 November 2014/by ula

“Commemorating the dead is part of human culture. Commemorating the fallen is … part of political culture.” War and Suffering Exhibit at the Military Museum in Dresden, Germany

By: Tory Russo This semester we’ve visited countless sites…
26 November 2014/by ula

Reflections on the Remains of the Wall

By Kelsey Klimara and Samantha Avalos While reflecting and…
26 November 2014/by ula

The Weight of Memory

By: Katelyn Olsen In a situation as tragic and unmatched as…
24 November 2014/by ula

“Memories are built as a city is built.” – Umberto Eco

By: Tory Russo ...Or rebuilt. In Berlin - a city physically…
19 November 2014/by ula

“Auschwitz Selfie Girl Defends Actions.”,

“Justin Bieber Hopes Anne Frank ‘would have been a Belieber.”…
8 November 2014/by ula

Reconciliation and Reconstruction in the 21st Century

By: Katelyn Olsen When working with the memory and reconciliation…
4 November 2014/by ula

Unexpected Connections to the Past

By: Kelsey Klimara I could probably reflect on my trip to…
4 November 2014/by ula

Paneriai Forest: Laid to Rest

By: Madeline Diorio It is like an old story heard throughout…
4 November 2014/by ula

Preserving the Lost Identity through Memory: The Jewish Victims in the Borderlands

By: Kara McGrane When visiting city after city, museum after…
15 October 2014/by ula

Beyond the Tears, Trees and Turmoil; the Road to Reconciliation

By Megan Newell Our two and a half week travel seminar through…
9 October 2014/by ula

The Axis of Fear In Historical Tragedy

By: Jacob Steckel It is a strange phenomenon that, when facing…
8 October 2014/by ula

Absence of Community, Absence of Memory

By: Page Garbee Dilapidation consumes the town of Krynki.…
8 October 2014/by ula

Experiences Within the Former Grand Duchy of Poland-Lithuania

By: Kevin Kuzniczci From the time I had appeared at the…
8 October 2014/by ula

Moving Away from Indifference: The Hidden Past of Vilnius, Lithuania

By Kelsey Klimara After traveling for 20 days and to seven…
8 October 2014/by ula

“It’s impossible to imagine…”

By: Tory Russo For me, the easiest way to understand is through…
8 October 2014/by ula

Ponary Forest Massacre

By: Jake “Andy” Fabrizio Imagine the shock and outrage…
8 October 2014/by ula

The Borderlands Foundation and the Town of Sejny

By: Samantha Avalos Our two-week intensive travelling seminar…
7 October 2014/by ula

Remnants of the Past

By: Katelyn Olsen Perhaps one of the saddest sights to see…
6 October 2014/by ula

The Berlin Wall

On our excursion to Berlin, Germany, the Berlin Wall memorial…
23 June 2014/by ula

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall served as a barrier between East and West…
23 June 2014/by ula

The Roma and Sinti Memorial

Tucked away, hidden, unimposing, quaint; these are words that…
23 June 2014/by ula

The Polish Soldiers’ Monument

Within the first week of being in Wroclaw, we climbed a hill…
23 June 2014/by ula

Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism

Often times, when the word “Holocaust” is mentioned we only…
23 June 2014/by ula

Kazimierz

Kazimierz, a district of Poland’s southern city of Krakow,…
23 June 2014/by ula

The New Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw

Wroclaw’s New Jewish Cemetery was founded in 1902 when…
23 June 2014/by ula

Institute of National Remembrance

The years of 1944-1945 are often falsely believed to be the beginning…
23 June 2014/by ula

Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime

Background on Our Visit to the Memorial by Arielle Ingrassia A…
23 June 2014/by ula

The Church of Peace

Not far from Wrocław, in the small town of Świdnica, stands…
23 June 2014/by ula

Centennial Hall

The music rebounded through the historic setting; it was almost…
23 June 2014/by ula
Photo by Arielle Ingrassia

Auschwitz

For many people around the world with the most basic understanding…
23 June 2014/by ula
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