In May, 2019, Seven Boston-area college students conducted a Holocaust memory service-learning mission at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The trip was part of "Together, Restoring Their Names," a fellowship conducted by CJP's IACT Campus Initiative.

On Tuesday, the fellows toured the concentration camp Auschwitz I, which was initially set up by the Nazis to imprison Polish intellectuals and resisters. There, students conducted independent research on topics ranging from on-site accessibility challenges to "multiple narratives" presented by the museum.

The heart of the five-day mission took place on Wednesday, when the fellows guided themselves around the former death camp Birkenau. There, nearly one-million Jews were murdered in a series of gas chamber-crematoria facilities between 1942 and 1944. Students taught each other about various aspects of the Holocaust at Birkenau, including the 1944 prisoner revolt and the so-called "Auschwitz Album."

Since 2015, "Together, Restoring Their Names" has recruited dozens of fellows to volunteer with Boston-area Holocaust survivors and participate in service-learning missions. Thousands of college students have attended events and programs organized by the fellows, including encounters with survivors, film programs, and academic panels based on our missions.

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Participants and Writing

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Cheyenne Paris

Brandeis University

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Jessica Levine

Simmons University

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Kalen Michals

Simmons University

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Madeline Herrup

Brandeis University

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Maggie Kuck

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Elan Kawesch, Director, TRTN

Brandeis University

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Michael Meagher

Boston University


Day One - What Was Lost

On the first day of the trip, participants visited the Oswiecim Jewish Museum, the local synagogue, the old Jewish cemetery, and other related sites. Read their reflections and see pictures below:


Day Two: Auschwitz I

On the second day of the trip, the fellows toured the concentration camp Auschwitz I, which was initially set up by the Nazis to imprison Polish intellectuals and resisters. There, students conducted independent research on topics ranging from on-site accessibility challenges to "multiple narratives" presented by the museum:


Day Three: Birkenau

The heart of the five-day mission took place on the third day, when the fellows guided themselves around the former death camp Birkenau. There, nearly one-million Jews were murdered in a series of gas chamber-crematoria facilities between 1942 and 1944. Students taught each other about various aspects of the Holocaust at Birkenau, including the 1944 prisoner revolt and the so-called "Auschwitz Album."