The trip took place in Berlin with students from Wellesley College, Brandeis University, and Boston University at the beginning of January, 2017. Our group visited key sites associated with Jewish life there -- before, during and after the Holocaust. Sites included The Jewish Museum, the Mitte neighborhood, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.
We also met with local Israelis and participated in community service having to do with the theme of these trips: Together, Restoring Their Names. All participants shared the experience in live-time on social media platforms set up for the trip as an act of commemoration and education.
Our group also probed issues in modern Germany tied to the general themes of the "Together, Restoring Their Names" trips. These themes include the rich Jewish history of Europe before the war; how Jews and non-Jews responded to the Nazi genocide, and the slow, modest revival of Jewish life on the continent where most Jews were murdered during the Shoah.
Together, Restoring Their Names, a Shoah Education Fellowship
This month we took 10 students to Berlin to learn about Jewish life in Germany before, during and after the war.
Students wrote about their time in Berlin with articles in our "Reflections" writing section. Click on the links below to read their thoughts.
Post Trip Programming
Following the trip, the group presented to members of the community and the Consul General of Germany to Boston at Wellesley College. See pictures below:
Jewish Memory on the Streets of Berlin
Boston University Hillel - April 13, 2017
Together, Restoring their Names' Elan Kawesch and Fellow Erin Miller lead an information session about the "Together, Restoring Their Names" trips and local campus activities based on Holocaust memory service-learning. After an overview of trips to Poland and Germany, they discussed our education and awareness plan for the fall semester, including future trips to Europe.
The Ruhlman Conference
Wellesley College - April 26, 2017
Fellows Arianna Regalado, Callie Kim, and Samantha Stewart presented at the famed "Ruhlman Conference" at Wellesley College about their experience with Together, Restoring their Names. In their presentation, titled "Humanizing Women’s Experiences from the Holocaust," they spoke about the lessons learned from their time in Germany.