By Maggie Kuck, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
I’m staying in a hotel in Auschwitz. No, not the camp, although I can see it from the comfort of a modern lobby. Before my trip to Poland I, like many others, did not know that there was anything
significant that surrounded the former Nazi concentration and death camp.
By Cheyenne Paris, Brandeis University
Who will stand witness?
A town an hour west from the city
On an afternoon at the end of May
So close to summer,
the taste is on the air.
The blue of the sky reflected in the eyes of those
walking the cobblestones
biking the narrow streets
framed by buildings
By Kalen Michals, Simmons Univeristy
The town of Oświęcim, Poland is known worldwide, for it is the location of the most notorious Nazi concentration and death camp: Auschwitz-Birkenau. Although most commonly referred to as Auschwitz, its German translation, the town of Oświęcim was home to many Jews prior to the outbreak of WWII. However, when Holocaust survivors returned home to Oświęcim after liberation, they found their homes and businesses reclaimed by their one-time neighbors.
By Jessie Levine, Simmons University
Only several miles away from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp, the Auschwitz Jewish
Cemetery holds the memories of the town’s Jews going back generations. Before the German
occupation of Poland, Oświęcim, a small town west of Kraków, had a population of about
12,000 people, 8,000 of them being Jews.
By Madeline Herrup, Brandeis University
It is difficult to find faith in a town that is coated in a history of darkness.
It is difficult to find faith in a world of darkness.
There images of “there is no god” flow down rivers of sadness, fear, a fear that I don’t specify to this town I mean this world we live in now.
By Michael Meagher, Boston University
What does it mean for a cemetery to be brought back to life? A visit to Auschwitz’s Jewish cemetery allows for remembrance of the world the Holocaust destroyed.