From Lauren J., a junior studying biology and ethics:

As I reflect over my experiences during this trip, I realize that it is about the convergence of the past and the present. It is about preserving the memory of the horrific events of the Holocaust. As Dr. Halperin mentioned to our group, some people have never even heard of some of the sites that we visited. It is our duty to come to these places and acknowledge what happened at each. It is our duty to confront the darkness.

We must do this so that we can tell others about it. The more educated people are regarding these atrocities, the less likely it is that they will be repeated in the future.

Hatred can lead to genocide if left unchecked. Once people allow themselves to view another subset of the population as less than themselves, they are able to stop viewing these people as human beings. This is incredibly dangerous. An attitude such as this can lead to slavery and mass murder.

Humanity as a whole must recognize that: “There is no such thing as a lesser person.”