To Honor the 25th Anniversary of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at College of Saint Elizabeth, Dr. Harriet Sepinwall and Dr. Margaret Roman spent two years planning a travel mission for students at this Catholic College in Morristown, NJ.

 

Professor Sepinwall invited Pinchas Gutter, a survivor of 6 concentration camps, to travel with the group and to share the experiences of his family in Poland during the Holocaust.   Students from the college, children of survivors, and members of the local community traveled together in 2016 to Germany and Poland. 

 

The first two days were spent in Berlin where the group visited the Brandenburg Gate, Bayerische Platz, Tiergarten Memorials, Bebelplatz, the Wannsee Villa, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. 

 

The next three days were spent in Krakow where the group visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kasimierz and Plaszow, and krakow's Market Square. 

 

From there, the group traveled to Lodz where we toured the Umshlagplatz at the Radegast Station where we honored the memory of the 200,000 thousand of Jews from Lodz and occupied Poland who were gathered here for deportations to extermination camps between January 1942 - August 1944. 

 

The last stop was Warsaw where the group was based for visits to Warsaw ghetto sights, the Majdanek concentration camp, the Treblinka death camp, Warsaw Ghetto sights, Okopowa Street Cemetery and Janusz Korczak's Orphanage.  

Two years later, the students gathered at the college to reflect on the impact of the trip.  We filmed their responses.
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