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‘The People Who Died Here Have Not Been Forgotten’

An update from Vanna, a MLS student in the Simmons School of Education: The Killing Fields memorial of Choeunh Ek, Cambodia, is the final resting ground for over one million victims of the Khmer Rouge. Men, women and children were … Continue reading

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Life, and Lives Lost, in Perspective

An update from Kendell, a freshman dance major at SMU: Dec. 27, 2014: We began our day with a visit to the Schindler Museum in Krakow, Poland. We learn a lot about the city’s history as well as the heroic … Continue reading

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At Stutthof: Learning and Remembering

An update from Jayce, a junior majoring in accounting and mathematics at SMU: First day, first camp. Stutthof. I’m not sure what to expect. Like most people, all I really know is that Hitler ordered the extermination of millions of … Continue reading

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Exposure

A hooded down coat, three layers of clothing underneath it, a wool hat, two scarves, waterproof gloves, two pairs of socks, rugged wool-lined boots and foot/hand warmers are still not enough insulation as we plod through the snowy (yet thankfully … Continue reading

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Recipes for Survival

One of the most powerful displays at Auschwitz, and one of its most sickening, is a darkened room piled to the ceiling with human hair. Behind an expanse of glass is nearly two tons of it, some of it still … Continue reading

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Remembrance & Respect

                  At each Holocaust memorial site, one of us lights a candle on behalf of everyone in our group. Afterward, one of several Jewish friends traveling with us reads aloud from the “Kaddish” prayer … Continue reading

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1942.

Fellow traveler Paul Lake was born on Sept. 12, 1942, to a Jewish family in Philadelphia. It’s difficult for him, and all of us, to realize that had he been born in Warsaw, or anywhere in Nazi-occupied Europe, he likely … Continue reading

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Ghosts

Sometimes during quiet moments I glimpse a shadowy blur. It’s gone as fast as it’s there. But it’s there. Occasionally what follows is a faint odor I now know well: the smell of death. At nearly every camp we visit, … Continue reading

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Powerful Doses of Reality

At snowy Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland, we huddle in a stark, damp-cold room with low ceilings, a long wooden examining table and large black & white image of syringes. We learn from our guide that medical treatments were … Continue reading

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Cruel Beauty

Eighteen professors, academic professionals, students and community members from SMU, Dallas and across Texas will be traveling through Poland Dec. 19-29 to study the Holocaust. Led by SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin, the group will visit cities and death camps where, during World War II, some 4,375,000 people were murdered during the country’s Nazi, Germany, occupation. Professor Halperin also will lead six Texas professors serving as 2012 fellows for the Texas Project for Human Rights Education, and a member of SMU’s News & Communications team, to Berlin, Dec. 16-19, to explore the origins of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Continue reading

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