Meredith College students Callie Buchert, Leah Jay, Ila Torfin and Lizzie Wood were selected to attend the Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC) Program for Students Abroad in Krakow, Poland. The students are studying at Meredith’s site in Sansepolcro, Italy this semester.
In its fourth semester, the program provides a scholarly learning environment through which students studying overseas engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland. Facilitated by American staff from the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York and Polish staff from the Auschwitz Jewish Center, the five-day program takes place during spring and fall semesters and is open to North American students studying abroad. Participants visit Krakow and Oświęcim (Auschwitz), work with scholars, take in-depth tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau, hear testimony, and engage in meaningful discussion.
The students have been writing about their experiences abroad in online journals for Meredith’s website. Click here to read their journals.
Lizzie Wood wrote about her experience during the AJC Program.
“I felt as if I was trespassing while walking through these camps. I now know more than ever that this is sacred ground, and those who are able to visit it are among the lucky,” Wood wrote. “We are lucky that we are privileged enough to see what happened to these people, and also lucky enough to be able to walk through the gates of the camp into our free lives whenever we please.”
Four Meredith College students have previously participated in the program. Katy Cleary and Elizabeth Van Noppen went in Fall 2011, and Briana Karmini and Meredith Hyatt attended in Spring 2011. During Meredith’s 2012 Celebrating Student Achievement Day, Cleary and Van Noppen presented research, “Coping and Resiliency Through the Eyes of a Holocaust Survivor,” informed by their participation in the AJC Program.