Linguistic Memory

By Pedro Correa Martín-Arroyo, May 2014 AJC PSA Alum  During my very meaningful experience as a participant of the AJC Program for Students Abroad, I felt that personal reflection would provide me with more enriching souvenirs than photos. This photograph, however, is a most significant exception. It depicts one of the many memorial tablets, each … Continued

The Survivor and the Photograph: Surrealism and Humanity in Poland

By Beth Healey, 2013 Jaffa & Larry Feldman Fellow As a graduate student who studies Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, I have spent the better part of the past decade as a student, studying the Holocaust through books and other documents, in American cities and classrooms. As I embark upon my dissertation, one of my … Continued

The Complexity of Commemoration

By Laura Pearce, 2013 AJC Fellow It’s not ‘lest we forget,’ it’s ‘lest we remember.’ That’s what all this is about—the memorials, the Cenotaph, the two minutes’ silence. Because there is no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it.”                              … Continued

The Personal Side of Genocide

By Kirril Shields, 2013 AJC Fellow  There came a moment during our fellowship when open displays of emotion swept through the group. I expected this emotion in places such as the camps, and while sites like Treblinka caused open sadness, the occasion that made the strongest impression on me took place in Kraków. Forming a … Continued

Reflections on Poland: Memory and its Place

By Ximena Goecke, 2013 AJC Fellow From the moment I arrived in Kraków, I enjoyed exploring Polish cities, food, nature, history, and culture. Yet the country’s vast greenness was the most striking thing to me. Before that, Poland for me was gray pavement, stones, railways, snow, and dangerous woods. This green Poland was charming and … Continued

Volunteer Profile: Emily Herlyn, 2013-2014

Hometown: Freiburg, Germany What attracted you to the AJC?  In Germany it is very common to take a gap year after high school. There are many organizations that offer one-year volunteer programs in and out of the country. The one I chose to work for is called Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP). ARSP works … Continued