Entries by Ula Klobuszewska

How to Close Your Borders

By Cate Ferson In the wake of the 2016 election, tensions between the Democrats and the Republicans are growing. However, the damages we are doing at home seem to be no match to those we are doing abroad. Trump’s “Mexican Wall” rhetoric has spread fear of the Hispanic population, which in the end, prevents people […]

Central Europe through a Cake Lens

By Cynthia Wang Fourteen days is a long time to be constantly on the move, yet it is still somehow insufficient to process painful histories and their physical reminders. Cake is a magnificent way to decompress. End your day with a selection of the local offering. Smother the horrors bouncing around the mind with sugar. […]

A Road to Reconstruction

By Rachel Watson The New Jewish Cemetery on Lotnicza Street in Wroclaw is a repository of history, which speaks volumes not only about the German and Jewish past of the city, but also about life here after WWII, when this region became a part of Poland.  I am proud to have contributed to the revival […]

Memories Forgotten

By Samantha Schantz Robert Kennedy once said, “There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.” This quote might apply to the situation of the city of […]

Experiencing the Berlin Wall Up Close

By Jeremy Covone The Berlin Wall was only a vague image and I lacked information of it before hand. Growing up and attending school my teachers hardly went into detail about the history of the Berlin Wall. I knew practically nothing about it other than that it was a wall and that many people died […]

Preserving a Forgotten Past

By Stella Van Ness The city of Wroclaw, Poland has a lengthy and complicated history. Part of its history includes a time when it was the German city of Breslau. After the Germans lost WWII the Polish border was shifted west into German territory, and the city began a new chapter in its Polish heritage. […]

The Rise Of Dark Tourism

By Jonalynn Lao There is no doubt that the tourism industry is continuously booming. People decide to travel far and wide from different parts of the world to get to their tourist destination. Many visitors have various reasons for visiting several attractions; for example, business tourists who are traveling for their company. Cultural tourism attracts […]

Eyes That Are Always Watching

By Maddie Petherick During the era of the German Democratic Republic in East Berlin, the secret police force, known as the Stasi, continually kept an eye on citizens of all walks of life who were considered people of special interest. The Stasi was created based on an East German law passed on February 8, 1950, […]