2012 May Term International Trip

Holocaust: From Origins to Memorialization

Short-Term Study Abroad in Germany and Poland, May Term: May 17- June 1, 2012 Course-Trip

Co-leaders: Alexis Pogorelskin, Academic Instructor, 218-726-7548, UMD Department of History and
Cheryl Reitan, External Affairs, 218-726-8996.

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Thu. 5/17/12. Leave Minneapolis. Overnight flight. Arrive in Berlin.

Day 1: Fri. 5/18/12 Arrive. To Meininger Hotel Hauptbahnhof. Guided Bus Tour of Berlin.

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Day 2: Sat. 5/19/12 Berlin: Motor Coach: Wannsee House. Lecture by Dr. Pogorelskin. Tour of city with emphasis on Holocaust and Jewish cultural sites. Box lunch provided

Day 2: Sat. 5/19/12 Berlin: Motor Coach: Guided Tour of Jewish Museum. Group dinner provided.

Day 3: Sun. 5/20/12 — Berlin
Film Museum, Pottsdammer Platz. Lunch provided at Billy Wilder Café Afternoon on own. Evening opera optional.

wroclaw wroclaw hotel white stork

Day 4: Mon. 5/21/12 — Travel, Train: Berlin to Wroclaw 9:35 am – 3:11 pm.

Day 4: Mon. 5/21/12 — Guide from Wroclaw University to meet us at train station.To Hotel Tumski.

Day 5: Tue. 5/22/12 — Wroclaw: Guided tour of White Stork Synogogue and Jewish sites.

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Day 6: Wed. 5/23/12 — Wroclaw: Wroclaw University. (Tentative Lecture “Art and Identity Jewish Cultural and Visual Arts in Poland.”

Day 6: Wed. 5/23/12 — Wroclaw: Afternoon tour of related sites. First submission of journals (reflections from Day 1-5) Restaurant dinner provided.

Day 7: Thu. 5/24/12 Wroclaw: Free Day.

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Day 8: Fri. 5/25/12 —Auschwitz-Birkenau Motor coach: Guided Tour of the site plus visit to the A-B State Museum. Return to Wroclaw. Restaurant lunch and dinner at hotel provided.  

Day 9: Sat. 5/26/12 — Travel Train: Wroclaw to Krakow. 9:05 am – 2:11 pm. Guide meets us at train. Check into Hotel Royal. 6-7 pm – SKYPE HOME. Restaurant dinner provided.

krakow-kaz Remuh old synagogue

Day 10: Sun. 5/27/12 — Krakow Guide to meet us at hotel. Tour of Kazimierz (Jewish District): and Nazi-era ghetto.

Day 10: Sun. 5/27/12— Tour of Remuh Synagogue and cemetary

Day 10: Sun. 5/27/12— Tour of Old Synagogue.

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Day 11: Mon. 5/28/12 — Krakow Guide to meet us at hotel. Galicia Jewish Museum, sightseeing in Old Town.

Day 11: Mon. 5/29/12 — Krakow. Sightseeing in Old Town.

Day 11: Mon. 5/26/12— Krakow. Wawel Castle (optional).

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Day 12: Tue. 5/27/12— Travel Walk to train. Train: Krakow to Warsaw. 9:27 am – 12:42 pm. Walk to and from train stations. Guide meets us at train. Check into Hotel MDM.

Day 12: Tue. 5/27/12— Warsaw. Mila 18, Warsaw ghetto uprising memorial. (April 19 -May 16 1943)

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Day 12: Tue. 5/27/12 — Warsaw. Umschlagplatz, place of deportation of Jews

Day 13: Wed. 5/29/12 — Warsaw Guide to meet us at hotel. Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. Farewell dinner provided or concert.

Day 14: Thu. 5/31/12 — Warsaw Guide to meet us at hotel. 10 am-2 pm. Tour of Jewish Historical Institute and Ringelblum Archive.

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Day 14: Thu. 5/31/12— Ringelblum Archive. Farewell dinner provided or concert.

Day 15: Fri. 6/1/12, Journals Due

Day 15: Fri. 6/1/12 Fly to Minneapolis via Amsterdam.

     

ITINERARY AND SYLLABUS Hist 3095.

Special Topics, Holocaust: From Origins to Memorialization

Short-Term Study Abroad in Germany and Poland, May Term: May 17-June 1, 2012 Course-Trip Co-leaders: Alexis Pogorelskin, Academic Instructor, UMD Department of History and Cheryl Reitan, External Affairs

Pre-Departure Requirements/Mandatory Meetings:

For all students there will be two (2) UMD orientation session regarding academic requirements and other matters pertinent to the trip as a study abroad experience.

Required Reading/Viewing (pre-departure): Doris Bergen. War and Genocide Christopher Browning. Ordinary Men Nechama Tec. Defiance: The Bielski Partisans Wladyslaw Szpilman. The Pianist Film: Conspiracy, a reenactment of the Wannsee Conference.

Written Requirement (80% of grade): Participation (20%) You are required to keep a journal. The journal should measure no less than 9 1/2” x 7 1/2’’. It can be bound, loose leaf, or spiral. Moleskins work well. Pages can be lined or unlined. Please, no vertical and horizontal lines together on a page. Use ink. You will be expected to recount what you learn at each site, including references to presentations by guides and/or lectures by the Academic Instructor. Incorporate references to the pre-departure assigned reading where appropriate. You will be provided with handouts to assist you in addressing specific questions at each site, but generally you should be prepared to recount what historical events occurred at a specific venue, when, why, and how. Answer why the site is important for the history of the Holocaust. Include your own personal feelings and responses to the site and its associations. The latter will help you in processing material that will often be difficult and emotionally laden. You need to be disciplined and focused to maintain your journal with consistency.

The first submission of the notebooks is due on Saturday, May 19, (Day 6). It will include responses and observations from the first five days. Final notebooks are due just before the return to the U.S. and will constitute the primary basis for your course grade along with consistent and focused participation. Total grade = Notebook (80%) + Participation (20%) Itinerary Meals provided: all breakfasts, four dinners, three lunches Sun. 5/13/12 Flight from Minneapolis to Berlin

Day 1: Fri. 5/18/12 — Berlin Arrival/Transfer to Meininger Hotel Hauptbahnhof. Afternoon Guided Tour of Berlin via motor coach.

Day 2: Sat. 5/19/12 — Berlin Motor Coach: Wannsee House, site of Wannsee Conference. Tour and lecture by Dr. Pogorelskin. Motor coach tour with emphasis on Holocaust and Jewish cultural sites. Tour of Jewish Museum. Box lunch provided. Dinner provided.

Day 3: Sun. 5/20/12 — Berlin Film Museum, Pottsdammer Platz. Lunch provided at Billy Wilder Cafι, Free eve. Optional opera. The Abduction from the Seraglio; Mozart, Opera, State Opera Unter den Linden, 7:30 pm. 54 Euro.

Day 4: Mon. 5/21/12 — Travel Train: Berlin to Wroclaw 9:35 am – 3:11 pm. Guide from Wroclaw University to meet us at train station.

Day 5: Tue. 5/22/12 — Wroclaw: Guided tour of White Stork Synogogue and Jewish sites. Restaurant dinner provided.

Day 6: Wed. 5/23/12 — Wroclaw: Wroclaw University, (Tentative Lecture “Art and Identity Jewish Cultural and Visual Arts in Poland.” Afternoon tour of related sites. First submission of journals (comments from days 1-5). Piwnica Swidnicka, http://www.piwnicaswidnicka.com/.

Day 7: Thu. 5/24/12 Wroclaw: Free Day.

Day 8: Fri. 5/25/12 —Auschwitz-Birkenau. Motor coach: Guided Tour of the site plus visit to the A-B State Museum. Return to Wroclaw. Restaurant lunch provided. Hotel restaurant dinner provided.

Day 9: Sat. 5/26/12 — Travel Train: Wroclaw to Krakow. 9:05 am – 2:11 pm. Guide meets us at train. Check into Hotel Royal. Free time to explore Krakow. 6-7 pm – SKYPE HOME. Dinner provided at Marmolada restaurant, http://www.marmoladarestauracja.pl/  .

Day 10: Sun. 5/27/12 — Krakow Guide to meet us at hotel. Tour of Kazimierz (Jewish District): museums, synagogues, and Nazi-era ghetto.

Day 11: Mon. 5/28/12 — Krakow Guide to meet us at hotel. Galicia Jewish Museum, sightseeing in Old Town.

Day 12: Tue. 5/29/12 — Travel. Walk to Krakow train. Train: Krakow to Warsaw. 9:27 am – 12:42 pm. Guide meets us at Warsaw train. Public transportation to hotel. Check into Hotel MDM. Visit to Mila 18 and Umschlagplatz.

Day 13: Wed. 5/30/12 — Warsaw Guide to meet us at hotel. Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. 6-7 pm – SKYPE HOME. Farewell dinner at Grand Kredens http://www.kredens.com.pl/ang/ (walk) provided or concert.

Day 14: Thu. 5/31/12 — Warsaw Guide to meet us at hotel. 10 am-2 pm. Tour of Jewish Historical Institute and Ringelblum Archive. Farewell dinner at Grand Kredens (walk) provided or concert.

Day 15: Fri. 6/1/12 Public transportation to airport. Fly to Minneapolis via Amsterdam. Journals Due

Cheryl Reitan
218-726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu
University of Minnesota Duluth
302 Darland, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812

 

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