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

Unfortunately, as we make our way through Latvia, I have become sick. It might be just a bug or something, but I had to stay behind at the hotel in Liepaja for the day. The others went to visit Liepaja killing sites, including Skede, where several infamous pictures were taken. I hear that their local guide for the day is the daughter of the man who actually found the photos while working as a prisoner at a concentration camp.

Also, our guide Iga (I can’t believe I haven’t said much about her because she is so amazing) is the daughter of a man who saved Jews in Lithuania during the war. In fact, her grandmother began hiding people, and the rest of her family participated at great risk.

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