Thirty-eight members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30. This year marks the 20th anniversary of SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin leading the two-week immersive experience. The group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 5,000,000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation (1939-1945).
An update from graduate student Nick Weilbacher: Dear Reader, I wish we lived in a world that saw the inherent value of every person, and worked towards preserving all human life. In this ideal world, if you had a beating heart, at minimum you would be honored and treated with respect and dignity deserved by every living creature. Sadly, so much of the social currents that allowed for the Holocaust, mass-shootings, war and genocide continue to exist today. And in order to learn from the past, we must understand where we are coming from. Thanks to the generosity of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, I had a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to see where we are coming from first-hand. In previous classes, [...]