Jewish Hartford: European Roots Educator Blogs

August 9th, 2019

Our HERO Center Director, Kimberly Ballaro, participated on an incredible journey to Lithuania and Poland last month. Led by Professor Samuel Kassow, the group visited sites significant to the Holocaust and pre-war Jewish life. Kimberly was fortunate to have received a full educator’s fellowship, made possible by the Coppa Konover Fund, and will serve as a fellow for the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.

As part of this fellowship, each educator on the trip was asked to record and document the trip with photos, reflections and questions, and post entries meaningful to them and our community. To see all of the travel blogs posted, please go to the following link: Travel Blogs: Journey to Lithuania and Poland, July 15-26, 2019. To see Kimberly’s blog on its own, please see her posts on our website: HERO Center Journey to Lithuania and Poland.

Places visited included Vilnius, Ponar, Bialastok, Lodz, Warsaw, Treblinka, Krakow and Auschwitz. We hope you will take a look and enjoy the meaningful reflections of each educator. If you have any questions, you can reach Kimberly at