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Embedded program explores Holocaust memory in Poland and Lithuania - Penn State News Feature

Embedded program explores Holocaust memory in Poland and Lithuania - Penn State News Feature

The group visited the Borderlands Foundation in Krasnogruda, Poland, near the Lithuanian border.IMAGE: VERONIKA CZYŻEWSKI

For nine students enrolled in HIST/JST 426 The Holocaust and History, the memory landscapes they had studied in class became meaningful reality on an embedded program trip to Poland and Lithuania during spring break last month.

To deepen the students’ experience of Holocaust memory in Eastern Europe, embedded program coordinators Eliyana Adler, associate professor in history and Jewish studies, and Tobias Brinkmann, the Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History, took students to remote Holocaust locations, places less known and less visited than sites such as Auschwitz.

“In Warsaw, the students get the basics,” Adler said. “At the Polin Museum, they get the whole spread of Jewish-Polish history, both its vibrancy and destruction. From there, we go to see death sites, but different ones. And then we see small towns and larger towns that are sites of life, where there remains a Jewish presence.”

Read the whole feature by Michelle K. Baker here.

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