Friday, October 11, 2013

For graduating seniors: Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program

The application for the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is now
available at
. Completed applications must be received by January 18, 2014.

The AJC Fellows Program is a three week study trip for students who are
matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees
in 2014 in Holocaust studies and related fields. Students of all faiths
and ethnicities with an interest in Holocaust studies, Jewish Studies,
Polish-Jewish history, memory, or human rights are strongly encouraged to
apply. All program costs, including international travel, lodging, room
and board, and materials, are covered.

Since 2000, the AJC Fellows Program has provided a unique educational
opportunity to learn about the Holocaust in situ in the context of
Poland's history and Jewish heritage. It is the goal of the Auschwitz
Jewish Center Fellows Program that Fellows gain not only knowledge of the
Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the
Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities
surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator.

After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland
for three weeks, during which time they visit Krakow, Warsaw, Lódź,
Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in
the regions surrounding Warsaw and Krakow, as well as through
south-eastern Poland, to explore the area's rich Jewish heritage and meet
with local leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi
occupation and Communism, and the state of Jewish communities and memory
in Poland today.

In Oświęcim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the
history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and take part in workshops
with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum staff on the collections and
education departments. While in Oswiecim, the Fellows may have the
opportunity to meet European students and observe educational workshops at
the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will complete an article for the
Auschwitz Jewish Center E-Newsletter and an essay reflecting on his or her
         Shiri B. Sandler
U.S. Director, Auschwitz Jewish Center
Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
New York, NY
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