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Central Europe – HGS Study Tour

Central Europe – May 14-29, 2013 (2015 Dates and Destinations TBD)

HIS 316/HGS 370 Holocaust in Central Europe (1 unit, Liberal Learning credit available in Social and Historical Perspectives and Global, also may be applied to the Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor)

Mark your calendars for Maymester in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland!

Program Director: Dr. Cynthia Paces, Professor of History

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Apply Now! (click on this link to access the paper application – online application access will be available in Fall 2014)

Here is a video from the 2011 study tour!

This program has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the European Genocide of Jews during the mid-twentieth century.  A three-week Maymester course, students will spend part of the first week on the TCNJ campus in order to gain background on Holocaust history and theory.  The class will then travel to Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland, where we will visit historical sites related to the Holocaust and its commemorations.  Students in the program will meet with historians, politicians, and others to discuss the political and social repercussions of the devastating episode in Europe.

The study tour will bring students into contact with a variety of historical sites, including museum, religious institutions, memorial sites, and former concentration campus.  While genocide and the Shaoh are program focal points, students will also have the opportunity to learn about the vibrant Jewish culture in pre-war Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, as well as contemporary European culture.

Learning outcomes for the program include:

  • appreciate major movements in European political, cultural, and intellectual history  related to the Shoah, including nationalism, socialism, anti-semitism, and totalitarianism
  • place the Shoah into the context of the history of Germany and other central European nations
  • identify the place of the Final Solution within the National Socialist program of persecution of various opponents (including Jews, socialists and communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and developmentally disabled individuals)
  • articulate the Shoah’s place in post-World War II history and culture

Course assignments include considerable pre-departure readings, a daily journal while traveling, and a final project – a photo essay that, when collected and curated by Prof. Paces, will serve as a component of a post-program exhibition in the Social Sciences building in Fall 2013.

Please note: TCNJ has a Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor – a five-course sequence of courses related not only to the Holocaust in Central Europe, but also to other examples of systematic extermination of peoples in other parts of the world.  A slate of courses offered in Spring 2015 will be available shortly.

Here is a daily summary of the 2013 program schedule (2015 schedule to be posted shortly)

  • May 14 – Departure from Newark to Berlin
  • May 15 – Arrival in Berlin, Transfer to Hotel, afternoon guided walking tour of Berlin; see Unter den Linden, Berlin Cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag building.  There will be a special welcome dinner at Hasir Turkish restaurant near Hackescher Markt to kick off the program.
  • May 16 – Berlin: Audio-guided tour of the Jewish Museum in the morning; in the afternoon, meet with Dr. Dave McGee’s “Science in the Early 20th Century Germany” cohort for guided tour of the Holocaust Memorial. Following the tour, there will be a group discussion and dinner at local restaurant.
  • May 17 – Berlin: Reichstag tour in the morning; free time in the afternoon, with course-related suggested sights: the Stasi-related museum on Normannenstrasse, the Stasi torture center at Hohenschoenhausen, the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, and the New Synagogue.
  • May 18 – Berlin – Ravensbrueck: Guided tour of the Ravensbrueck memorial site (women’s concentration camp)
  • May 19 – Berlin to Prague by train: Afternoon walking tour of Prague Old Town led by Prof. Paces
  • May 20 – Prague: Guided tour of Jewish Quarter with Petr Zidek in morning and an afternoon walking tour of Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and St George Church led by Dr. Paces.
  • May 21 – Prague to Terezin: guided walking tour of city of Terezin and the Terezin (Theresienstadt) memorial site with Petr Zidek
  • May 22 – Prague to Krakow: Morning class in Prague at the Institute for Contemporary History (with Michal Kopacek), free time in the afternoon in Prague, and a night train from Prague to Krakow (ca. 9 hours)
  • May 23 – Krakow: Guided walking tour of the Kazimierz – the Old Jewish district in the morning and a guided tour of the Wawel Royal Castle in the afternoon
  • May 24 – Krakow to Auschwitz: Day-long visit to Auschwitz concentration camp (with local educators providing guidance and insight into the memorial site)
  • May 25 – Krakow: Guided tour of the Schindler Museum, with a free afternoon after a classroom session
  • May 26 – Krakow to Warsaw:  Train travel to Warsaw with a guided tour of Warsaw in the afternoon
  • May 27 – Warsaw: Tour of the Warsaw Ghetto in the morning and a free afternoon (with the option to visit the Royal Castle)
  • May 28: Warsaw to Treblinka: Guided tour of Treblinka memorial site in the morning with free time in the afternoon, plus a farewell dinner in Warsaw
  • May 29: End of Program – students may stay on in Europe for independent travel or return to the US

2013 Program Cost:

  • In-State: $4,599.72

Program Cost Includes: Tuition, Land travel – accommodations, train transportation, entrance fees, all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include: Airfare, most lunches and dinners, personal expenses

Payment Schedule to be posted shortly.

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