Entries by Anita Jakubik

Sejny as Inspiration for a Refugee Organization in Syracuse

By Sofia DaCruz In northeastern Poland, on the border of Lithuania, lies a small and unique town called Sejny. Sejny, like most towns in Poland, experienced the devastation of World War II both in the literal destruction of its infrastructure and the murder of its Jewish population. Yet, unlike most places in Poland, a group […]

These Walls Are Screaming: Graffiti in Central Europe

By Ian Eisenbrand When moving through the streets and alleyways of Central Europe, you are constantly exposed to graffiti, with walls serving as a teeming public forum. Fragmented voices of anonymous protest cascade down cities’ walls in an almost overwhelming stream of political discourse. In my travels through Central Europe, I became fixated on the constrained […]

Lost Narratives: The Roma Struggle for Recognition in Europe

By Leanne Rivera Today according to the EU Multimedia Center, about ten to twelve million Roma people live in Europe, yet only a small percentage of Europeans have any understanding of their customs, their past, or their ways of life. Even worse, the majority population is not only uninformed but overtly prejudiced against them. This […]

Living Spaces as Memorials and Places of Memory

By Andrew Emerson Throughout human history there is no shortage of places of tragedy. Brutality and slaughter have followed humankind wherever we have traveled and the spaces where these actions occur often become haunting reminders of infinite human cruelty. What happens to those who remain, those who call these spaces home and have to grapple with […]

Nature Is the Strongest Healing Force

By Kennedy Snyder Throughout our travels and studies, we have visited many memorials and heard about all different kinds of atrocities. At every memorial, we walk in with solemn minds full of thoughts about those whose lives were lost, and reason behind the memorial. We read the list of names, or look at the art that […]

The Linguistic Power of the Bavarian Quarter

By Charlotte Goodman Jew (jü) Noun 1. a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people Jew (joo) Adjective 2. Offensive. of Jews; Jewish. “Citizens of German descent and Jews who enter marriages or extra-marital affairs with members of the other group will be imprisoned. As of today, mixed marriages […]