The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows program
is open to students who have recently received their undergraduate degrees and those who are
enrolled in a graduate program. Applications from students with interest in Holocaust studies, Jewish Studies,
Polish-Jewish history, genocide prevention, human rights or social improvement is strongly encouraged.
After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in
Poland for three weeks, during which time they visit Krakow, Warsaw,
Oswiecim (Auschwitz), and Lodz. The Fellows will also be taken on a
study trip throughout south-east Poland (formerly known as Galicia) to
explore the areaâ€™s rich Jewish heritage and meet with local Jewish and
non-Jewish leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, the Holocaust,
and Jewish life during Communism, as well as about the Jewish community
in Poland today. In Oswiecim, 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 learn how to use
the archives, collections, publications, and educational departments.
The Fellows engage in sessions with Polish and German students, which
hope to dispel societal stereotypes and prejudices, while at the same
time promoting the creation of lasting cross-cultural relationships. It
is the goal of the program that, upon returning home, Fellows
incorporate the lessons they have learned into their intellectual,
personal, and professional lives in a significant way.
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