“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” – Elie Wiesel

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History EYH 2015: From Berlin to Auschwitz

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Learning about the Holocaust is so important, and this semester, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a class about the subject that not only allowed my classmates and I to advance our knowledge through class reading and survivor speeches, but also took us to the most influential places of the time: Germany and Poland.  Before the trip, we heard many Holocaust survivors talk about their own individual experiences, which was extremely moving.  For example, for one of the female survivors, Rachel Roth, we read her memoir and then attended her talk.  Having these two levels of learning made her personal experience that much more memorable for me, and I’m sure for the rest of my class as well.  Between the start of the semester and the beginning of March, we heard many more talks from other survivors as well as read more texts on the Holocaust, and then, during Spring Break, we...

EYH 2015: From Berlin To Auschwitz

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“It is the future which can restore the past and keep it from being forgotten”    Introduction:       Why I chose to study Holocaust? My curiosity and interest spurred from my love of reading. Since childhood, I have loved having my head in a book. I believe, “Words are the voice of the heart,” be it the author’s or the characters’. As an elementary student, I picked up “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” it is a post WWII story of young Japanese girl named Sadako who bore the scars of war through her leukemia caused by the Atomic Bomb. Through her story I began to see Sadako as a real girl, like myself, and I developed a familiarity to her. She inspired me because despite her affliction, she refused to hate instead, she and her paper cranes showed the world the importance of peace, love, and life through her will to live and acceptance of everyone.It was hard for me to...

From Berlin to Auschwitz: EYH 2015 Reflections

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  Introduction For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in the Holocaust.  In fact, I can hardly remember a time when I wasn’t trying to learn more about it.  Of course, like many young children, I read Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl.  At the time, I don’t think anything I had read before that resonated with me quite like the words of Anne Frank, a girl who was not much older than I was when I read her diary for the first time.  I still remember what it was like to read these words: “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”  After everything she had endured, I wondered how Anne could maintain such a positive outlook on life.  Reading her diary filled me a desire to read more.  I wanted to know everything I could about the Holocaust and the people who were forever impacted by it, particularly the survivors and the victims.  I pored...

Eyewitness to the Holocaust: Museums and Survivor Testimony

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          I have a broader knowledge of the Holocaust than I ever did before. The main experiences that broadened and impacted my understanding of the Holocaust was working with Auschwitz survivor Rachel Roth, visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington D.C., and visiting the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.                          Rachel Roth was born in Poland and was placed in the Warsaw ghetto in the fall of 1940. Rachel suffered through the loss of her mother, two sisters, brother, grandparents, and uncles during her time in the ghetto and her subsequent shipment to the camps of Majdanek, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. Rachel’s story is one of determination and survival and is an inspiration to all who read her autobiography, Here There is No Why. When reading Rachel’s story, you can imagine the struggles that she went...