Join us November 26 - December 1, 2019, for an intense Holocaust memory mission in the Netherlands and Germany. Students will depart Boston Tuesday night, and return Sunday night. In addition to examining the memorialization of Anne Frank, we will probe contemporary issues including anti-Semitism and Holocaust commemoration in Dutch public spaces.
Each trip participant must write an essay at the end of the trip and these will be published and shared on social media in real-time. Additionally, each trip participant will teach a 20 minute lesson during the trip, on the topic of their choice in collaboration with the organizers. There are also required pre trip readings. There is a mandatory pre-trip orientation on November 11, 2019 at 7PM at Brandeis University.
Participation is required for every part of the trip. Numerous sites of painful heritage will be visited including one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps, Bergen-Belsen. Participants must not only participate throughout the trip but also be prepared to process and discuss these sites.
Because we are only on the ground for four nights, we also want to note that there will be a total of 10 hours of van travel involved, round-trip, between Amsterdam and Bergen-Belsen. We will have a private van and be traveling there in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving), and returning to Amsterdam in the evening. Because this is a significant amount of transit time not long after participants will have landed on Wednesday, we want to be transparent.
Finally, large parts of the trip will be taking place outdoors due to the nature of both Bergen-Belsen and Holocaust memory in Amsterdam. Participants should be prepared for cold weather and rain and the potential for snow.
This trip is open to TRTN Fellows by invitation only. Apply to be a fellow here.