Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 10/15/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Wake Forest University: Confronting the Holocaust

Students participating in this program will be enrolled in HST 311 for 3 credit hours.

Nearly all of the program will take place outside of the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to visit numerous important historical sites of the Holocaust including the Warsaw Ghetto and Museum of Polish History, the Auschwitz death camp and Jewish quarter of Krakow (including a visit to the museum on the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory), the Jewish community of Prague and the Theresienstadt Ghetto and the Holocaust memorial and Jewish museum in Berlin.

Although students are able to learn a great deal about this historical moment from a variety of tools, such as textbooks, case studies, interviews, and a range of primary source documents, there remains a significant benefit to viewing the sites of the Holocaust first-hand. Students will be able to see for themselves the ways in which Nazism transformed many European spaces into containment and killing centers, and to observe how various countries have contended with this difficult historical period.
Confronting the HolocaustConfronting the Holocaust 1Confronting the Holocaust 2Confronting the Holocaust 3
Overview Students participating in this program will be enrolled in HST 311 for 3 credit hours. 

Nearly all of the program will take place outside of the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to visit numerous important historical sites of the Holocaust including the Warsaw Ghetto and Museum of Polish History, the Auschwitz death camp and Jewish quarter of Krakow (including a visit to the museum on the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory), the Jewish community of Prague and the Theresienstadt Ghetto and the Holocaust memorial and Jewish museum in Berlin.

Although students are able to learn a great deal about this historical moment from a variety of tools, such as textbooks, case studies, interviews, and a range of primary source documents, there remains a significant benefit to viewing the sites of the Holocaust first-hand. Students will be able to see for themselves the ways in which Nazism transformed many European spaces into containment and killing centers, and to observe how various countries have contended with this difficult historical period.
Location Warsaw, Poland
Krakow, Poland
Prague, Czech Republic
Berlin, Germany 
Academics Students in this program will be enrolled in HST 311 for 3 credit hours. 

This program serves as a capstone experience for students enrolled in HST 236, The Nazi Holocaust to 1941, and HST 237, The Nazi Holocaust from 1941. It is an opportunity to visit many of the key sites of Holocaust memory discussed in these courses. This includes visits to the Warsaw Ghetto and Museum of Polish History, the Auschwitz death camp and Jewish quarter of Krakow (including a visit to the museum on the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory), to the Jewish community of Prague and the Theresienstadt Ghetto) and to the Holocaust memorial and Jewish museum in Berlin).

The course is not, however, limited to students who previously enrolled in one or both sections. Since it is open to all Wake Forest students, this course will provide a comprehensive introduction for students who are less knowledgeable about the subject.

By the end of the trip all students will gain an understanding of the complicated history of this period including the various actions of the perpetrators, victims, bystanders, collaborators, and beneficiaries involved.

This course will allow students to encounter sites of the Nazi genocide and to compare and contrast the ways in which three different countries have chosen to memorialize this historical period. It will challenge students to consider questions of historical complicity with mass violence and their moral obligations in the face of illegitimate violence and oppression.

Although students are able to learn a great deal about this historical moment from a variety of tools, such as textbooks, case studies, interviews, and a range of primary source documents, there remains a significant benefit to viewing the sites of the Holocaust first-hand. Students will be able to see for themselves the ways in which Nazism transformed many European spaces into containment and killing centers, and to observe how various countries have contended with this difficult historical period.
Faculty Barry Trachtenberg
Associate Professor of History
Phone: (336) 758 2512
Email: trachtbc@wfu.edu
Website: http://college.wfu.edu/history/people/faculty-profile-page?user=33
Accommodation Students will stay in hotels in each city. Students will share rooms. Breakfast will be included.
   
Selection
  • This program is open to all WFU students
  • This course will be of particular interest to students taking HST 236, The Nazi Holocaust to 1941 and HST 237, The Nazi Holocaust from 1941
  • No course prerequisites or language requirements
Costs The total cost of a spring short-term program can be broken down into three categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee - $2,100
Airfare (estimated) - $1,500
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $500
Estimated total cost - $4,100
Scholarships Please contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies for information on scholarships
 
Contact Barry Trachtenberg
Associate Professor of History
Phone: (336) 758 2512
Email: trachtbc@wfu.edu

Michael Tyson
Assistant Director for Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 4072
E-mail: tysonmj@wfu.edu