Entries by Anita Jakubik

Resisting Fear: The Ringelblum Archive

By Kate Christie Resistance can take many forms. It can be physical, meaning to uproot given oppressive institutions through explicit verbal or armed struggle. But what about spiritual resistance; a form of resistance–while less explicit, but just as crucial? Holocaust survivor, researcher and activist Rachel Kostanian Danzig, defines spiritual resistance as: “any intellectual activity of […]

Oswiecim: Living in Auschwitz Today

By Jacqueline Murrer When someone mentions the name, “Auschwitz”, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the concentration camp in Poland, Auschwitz-Birkenau. But, did you know that this camp was actually named for a historic town where the Nazis established the camp – Oswiecim, which is still a functioning town today? Before visiting […]

When Good Intentions Don’t Translate into Proper Actions

By Maryrose Dollard During my travels through Krakow, Poland located not far from the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and Berlin, Germany, which is home to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, I noticed a similar trend at each site I had the honor of visiting. I felt that visitors at each site were […]

Erasing the Past: How Totalitarian Regimes Sought to Camouflage their Crimes

By Madison Bollart When we think about totalitarianism, an immediate reaction often associates such a form of government with restriction, political repression, and complete control. In studying the 20th century particularly, we see this political system deem a particular prominence in Europe more times than one, specifically in Germany. To different extents, under the Third […]

Navigating Berlin’s Ode to its Past

By Caroline Simon Our walk ends in a huge square in the central Mitte neighborhood of Berlin, one of the two districts that includes both former West Berlin and former East Berlin. This fusion of the city shows a reconciliation for Germany’s divided past and sets the tone for its future. We are amid many […]

Peace where Peace was Lost: Civil Society’s Role in Challenging the Marginalization of Roma People

By Kate Christie Throughout our travels across Europe, we’ve been exposed to various accounts of inhumanity; inhumanity—whether propagated on xenophobic or racist principles—that’s left a devastating legacy. I was particularly struck by how its legacy has affected Central European Roma. Roma, or “Gypsies,” are estimated to have moved here from India in the Middle Ages […]

Different interpretations of the Holocaust

By Aaron Alonso In the various countries that we have visited throughout Central Europe we are confronted with different interpretations of the Holocaust.  Some citizens of Austria and Hungary admit to the role they performed to shape what would lead to the mass genocide of Jews. While these countries admit some culpability, they are experiencing […]

A Proper Monument to the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust

By Hannah Gavin “How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude their helplessness? They left us without a trace, and we are their trace.” Ellie Wiesel Elie Wiesel asks us in that quote, as the next generation, to […]