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Where to go from here? Forward.

Overheard in Munich at the last reflection session for “Holocaust Germany” trip-goers: “Go home and think about the future as much as you do about the past.” – Dr. Vicki Hill SMU Asst. Provost for General Education

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Recalling the victims, and planners, of the ‘Final Solution’

  An update from Paul Lake of Dallas, who works as a volunteer at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance: The Mourner’s Kaddish, an ancient Hebrew “Prayer for the Dead,” is often read at Holocaust sites to remember the people … Continue reading

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Rev. Niemöller’s Other Warning About Complacency

An update from Merle T. of Dallas: When Sachsenhausen opened 20 miles north of Berlin in 1936, it was meant to be both a model camp and training facility. That made it particularly well suited for “special” prisoners, including such political … Continue reading

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Remembering homosexual victims of the Holocaust

An update from SMU junior Will J.: Buchenwald is mostly remembered for its large number of political prisoners, but I’d like to highlight a smaller group of prisoners who too often are forgotten. Buchenwald is one of the few camps that … Continue reading

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Forevermore an ‘Upstander’ & ‘World Changer’

An update from Misty I., pursuing a human rights & social justice M.L.S.: While taking Dr. Rick Halperin’s course “America’s Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights” in the fall of 2016, each Monday evening I found myself sickened, angry and … Continue reading

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‘Everything in space had its origins here, not in America or Russia’

An update from Denise Gee of SMU News & Communications: On March 14, 2017, SMU “Holocaust Germany” student travelers Alexis S., and Kaitlyn M., offered the memorial for the victims, survivors and liberators of the deadly Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp near Nordhausen in … Continue reading

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‘Photography describes everything and explains nothing’

An update from Denise Gee with SMU News & Communications. At Berlin’s Topography of Terror Museum we gather to look at one of the Holocaust’s most iconic photographs. Given the name “The Last Jew in Vinnitsa”  (from what was written on … Continue reading

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‘Silent Liquidation’ at Bernburg

  An update from Christie Pearson ’11, faculty-led program specialist for SMU Abroad: The Bernburg Euthanasia Centre – one of six psychiatric hospitals used to covertly kill 70,273 people during the Holocaust – operated from Nov. 21, 1940 through July 30, 1943 in … Continue reading

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Remember Jacqueline – and ‘Be Not Silent’

An update from Denise Gee, SMU News & Communications: As a leader in the far-right party Alternative for Germany calls for the country’s Holocaust-related “cult of guilt to be over,” I can think of at least 11 million reasons why the most … Continue reading

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Remembrance vs. Respect

Sara E. is majoring in human rights & journalism: A group of 30 in big coats shuffling on and off a charter bus with cameras in tow clearly stand out as tourists. And though the sites we’re visiting aren’t traditional … Continue reading

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