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UMD-Summer: Germany, Czech Republic & Poland: The Jews of Berlin: The Holocaust Through History and Memoir (TLPL)

Berlin, Germany
Krakow, Poland
Prague, Czech Republic
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SU 19 Germany

This course is designed to allow you to take a deeper look at one Jewish community living in Europe throughout the Holocaust, focusing on particular histories presented through individual stories and memoirs. This interdisciplinary approach provides students from multiple majors with a broader look at Holocaust history, while it particularizes the experience through memoir written by survivors after the fact and through contemporaneously written work (diaries, poetry, essays) from the victims of the Holocaust. You will visit sites in Berlin such as the Berlin Holocaust memorial and exhibition, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the Rosenstrasse memorial, the Brush factory exhibition, the House of the Wannsee Conference. You will engage in a Stolpersteine walking tour, a tour of the Jewish museum in Berlin and will travel to the Ravensbrueck concentration camp. In Prague we will visit the Jewish quarter or the Prague Jewish ghetto including the Old-New Synagogue, The Spanish Synagogue, the Old Jewish cemetery, and Terezin (outside of Prague), to help to know the history of persecution and segregation of Jews from the 13th century through the Holocaust as it was enacted in Prague. Finally in Krakow, we will visit the Galicia museum, take a tour of Krakow focusing on sites of importance to Jewish history in Eastern Europe. We will also visit a Jewish community center, the Schindler factory museum and the Plaszow concentration camp memorial. 

In each site we visit, in each of the three cities, you will arrive with guiding questions, generated through discussion and reading of course texts. These texts written both contemporaneously and by survivors after the fact reference the importance of each site. In order to gain first hand knowledge of the specific communities and to learn more about the deportation patterns and lived experiences of Jews in Berlin, Prague and Krakow you will be immersed in the city scapes, memorials and museums. Further, through reading texts made by writers, referencing those same places, and the historical events that took place there, you will gain a greater contextualized understanding of those histories.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

This program is open to students of all majors.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • TLPL488V: Special Topics in Education
  • TLPL788V: Special Topics in Education

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.


We will stay in hotel rooms near city centers to be close to sites we will visit. Students will share rooms (double occupancy).
Each hotel room will have internet access. 

The costs listed are for summer 2019.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $43
Tuition $4,507
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $0
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $350
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Margaret Polizos Peterson, Faculty Program Director, has traveled to Prague and Poland, and has worked as a contractor for The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for 17 years leading The Project of Memory through the Office of Survivor Affairs.

The co-instructor for this course will be Dr. Elizabeth Anthony who is a Holocaust historian and the International Tracing Service Program Manager in the Office of International Programs in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Dr. Anthony has lead several similar trips for organizations such as March of Remembrance. She has extensive knowledge of the sites we will visit, including knowledge gained through her doctoral research and her current work with the International Tracing Service database. She leads programs for Holocaust scholars at USHMM and worked with Holocaust survivors at USHMM in the Office of Survivor Affairs. In addition, she speaks German fluently, and has studied Yiddish for document translation.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Visit memorials including the Stolpersteine walking tour. Read memoir of survivors and victims of the Holocaust.
  • Compare and contrast the ways that the Holocaust is remembered and its victims commemorated in Germany, Poland and Czechia.
  • Learn more about both the shared and the disparate ways each city has done the work of remembering resistance, describing policies and actions, and memorializing the victims.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/03/2019 03/11/2019 05/27/2019 06/09/2019