Entries by Anita Jakubik

What is Effective Storytelling? City Wide Fantastical Creatures Compared to the Borderland Foundation

By Maddie Hartog When walking through Krakow, I was inclined to purchase a multi-colored stuffed dragon. I do not collect stuffed animals, nor do I love dragons, but the different colors, sizes and shapes made this dragon stuffed animal compelling to my tourist mind. Instead of purchasing, I began questioning… What is the story behind the […]

Fortifying History: A Look at Castles in Poland

By Suryansh Singh For me, visiting a castle is a mystical affair. Almost like a teleportation device, these architectural marvels hold the power to transcend one into a world very different from their daily existence, seamlessly coalescing the domains of fantasy and reality. While they are built to withstand arrows and cannonballs, more importantly, they […]

“Forum” and “Shrine”: A Tool for Analyzing Museums

By Sofia DaCruz I have visited many museums in my life, subconsciously consuming the collections and messages they portray with little analysis of their function or purpose. As we have moved through museums in Poland, guided by questions and discussions about their purposes, I have found a new lens to examine museums beyond their literal […]

Płaszów: A Recreational Park Built on a Concentration Camp

By Capriana Cormier KL Płaszów was a Nazi concentration camp in Płaszów, a southern district in Kraków, during the Second World War. This camp was built on two Jewish cemeteries. It was opened, by the Nazis, from late 1942 until early 1945, and was intended to hold about 4,000 prisoners in, what was supposed to […]

Rosja and Польша

By Max Goldberg Current headlines about the state of political and social affairs in Poland and on its borders are not positive, to say the least. The predominant crisis at the time of writing this piece is the story of the 5,000 or so migrants, mostly of Middle Eastern origin corralled in the freezing woods […]

Public Memory and Remembrance in Berlin

By Ella Farrell With over fifty memorials and monuments, the city of Berlin is no stranger to remembrance. Two memorials in particular, the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Places of Remembrance, stand out from our visit to the city. Both are integrated into the urban fabric of the city, yet the […]

The 11th Commandment-“Never be a bystander”: Reflections of Human Indifference and Unresponsiveness to Atrocious Behavior and Why Speaking-Up Matters

By Harrison Vogt In the poem Campo Dei Fiori, Czesław Miłosz describes a scene of human indifference and suffering during the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The story depicts the contrast between non-Jewish residents of Warsaw enjoying their leisure time by “flying high” on a sky carousel and listening to carnival toons. Meters away the Warsaw Ghetto’s […]

Where can you Build a McDonald’s in Poland?

By Connor Arneson In Kraków, south of Old Town, near the intersection of Wielicka and Dworcowa streets, there’s a McDonald’s. It has a patio, a playpen, and – according to Google reviews – does a terrible job at disinfecting its tables. On the surface, there’s nothing out of the ordinary here, except for one thing: […]