Human Rights in Baltics

During Spring Break 2010, students, faculty and staff are visiting World War II sites in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including the Bikernieki Memorial, where 40,000 Jews were slain; the Jewish Museum in Riga; and the Jungfernhof concentration camp. Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Education Program in Dedman College, is leading the group.

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A life-changing experience

An update from Adele, a senior sociology major with minors in history and human rights:

This trip has taught me so much, and I’d like to share just a few things:

As Dr. Halperin told us, it is not enough to simply say that Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. The reality of what happened there is so much more complicated and tragic.

I truly feel that my life has been changed by this experience, and I encourage everyone to visit some kind of Holocaust memorial during their lifetime. While you can read about sites and study concentration camps, the experience of visiting one cannot be explained or replicated.

We should always remember the victims of the Holocaust. Even though most are unidentified, and the exact number is not known, their suffering was real and completely unnecessary.

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