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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Stepping back in time

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

h-015.jpg The past day (two days?) has been so long. It feels like we’ve been traveling forever. We finally made it to Tallinn, Estonia, though, and the trip was totally worth it. We met our guide, Iga, who is an amazing woman who knows pretty much everything about this part of the world. Our driver, Vidas, is really awesome too.

053.jpg Iga showed us around the old part of town, and despite the cold, I was fascinated by the architecture and culture of the city. Many of the buildings date back to the 13th and 14th century. As I walked through the streets, I felt like I had fallen back in time to a medieval city.

After walking around for a while, we stopped at a brewery to get some local drinks. The atmosphere was so welcoming and authentic; there were even dancers performing traditional folk dances. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

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