A Reminder to Stop and Appreciate

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A Reminder to Stop and Appreciate

by Ryan C, Northeastern University

Being at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and viewing the Auschwitz exhibit was a true privilege. It was a reminder to stop and appreciate that I am alive and I am free.

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Reflecting on the Auschwitz Exhibition

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Reflecting on the Auschwitz Exhibition

by Brittany Sacks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For as long as I can remember, the beginning of the back-to-school season meant bringing out our family’s label maker, inputting my name and phone number, and pressing print and cut repeatedly in order to label every textbook, notebook, folder, and new piece of clothing for the year.

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Untold Stories

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Untold Stories

by Kalen Michals, Simmons University

The collection of artifacts presented at “Auschwitz: Not long ago, Not far away” are unlike others I have seen before. Carefully curated, they range from a handmade hair comb to a Torah rescued from a synagogue on Kristallnacht.

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The Evil In Us

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The Evil In Us

by Anuj Apte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visiting ‘Auschwitz, Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.’ was an eye opening experience, in the truest sense of the term. The curator of the exhibit made a radical choice by devoting almost a third of the exhibit to the years leading up to the Holocaust.

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

by Elizabeth Hopkinson, Yale University

I have always loved stories. When I learned to write my full name, I first wrote that string of letters on a library card. I couldn’t read the books on the shelves yet, but even then I realized it wasn’t about the words, it was about the potential.

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Testimony

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Testimony

by Morris Najar, Brandeis University

Testimony:

When I think about both the once shiny and now rusty metals at the Auschwitz Death Camp, I think about the stories they would be able to tell in the darkest time of the 20th century. 

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Prayer at Birkenau

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Prayer at Birkenau

By Madeline Herrup, Brandeis Univeristy

Prayer is hard.
Prayer finds itself in fear of dwindling away oftentimes, despite its eternal hold on humanity.
Humans have engaged in prayer for an immeasurable time.
This does not mean connecting to prayer is easy.

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First, do no harm - except to the Jews

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First, do no harm - except to the Jews

By Kalen Michals, Simmons University

The medical experiments that occurred during the Holocaust are no secret to the world today,
but the severity is often overlooked. Under claims that the experiments were “for the greater
good,”- that being, the greater good of the Aryan race/Reich-doctors had full reign to do as they
pleased.

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Humanity and Dignity

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Humanity and Dignity

By Jessie Levine, Simmons University

During the its operation from 1940 to 1945, Auschwitz Concentration Camp imprisoned over 1.3
million individuals, killing about 1.1 million of them.

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Mobile Accessibility in Auschwitz

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Mobile Accessibility in Auschwitz

By Maggie Kuck, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Some of the first victims of the Holocaust where differently abled individuals. Those who were
sent to Auschwitz were immediately directed into a gas chamber. So walking around Auschwitz
with the lens of accessibility would make anyone stop and ponder.

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