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Arriving in Berlin and speaking the native tongue

By Michael Lawrence Today we arrived in Berlin, Germany. We went to our hostel, which was a lot nicer than I imagined it would be despite the internet being down. We ate dinner at a Turkish Imbiss, a type of German walk in walk out restaurant, and had a dish called Döner, which I highly recommend if you ever get the chance. Later that day we toured the Reichstag

Back to Auschwitz

By Michael Lawrence  Today we went back to Oswiecim (Auschwitz). We went to a Franciscan Monastery. There was an exhibit there from a Christian Holocaust survivor who never talked about his experiences, until fifteen years before his death. He had a stroke and realized he needed to share what he had experienced during his five-year period in the multiple Concentration Camps. However, he did it in a different way.

Reflection on Birkenau and a visit to Oswiecim

By Caitlin Peabody Entering the gates of Birkenau was surreal. We first climbed up the guard tower on top of the entrance to the camp. The view from the tower blew my mind. I had no idea the massive size of the camp and to imagine the camp filled with prisoners was an even more impossible fete. As we walked onto the grounds of the concentration camp, I was

Blog by UTC students: Holocaust study tour

UTC students in Dr. John Swanson’s history course, The Holocaust: Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders, are taking a different kind of spring break—a Holocaust study tour in Poland and Germany. Read the first blog posts by two students on the trip, Michael Lawrence and Caitlin Peabody.

Eerie and humbling experience at Auschwitz-Birkenau

By Michael Lawrence Today was a huge change of pace. We focused solely on Auschwitz-Birkenau. We woke up and drove about 60 km away to the town of Oswiecim (Auschwitz). We started our tour at Auschwitz I, which has been converted to a museum. I didn’t feel anything too weird when we arrived walking under the gate declaring “Arbeit Macht Frei!”, but when we went into the barracks or