2019 Fellowship to Lithuania and Poland

Originally published starting July 5, 2019.

I am incredibly fortunate to have received an educator’s fellowship to attend a tour of Vilna, Bialystok, Warsaw and Krakow this July. Led by Professor Samuel Kassow, this is a unique opportunity to learn about prewar Jewish life and life during the Holocaust. Under the guidance of many, the participants of this trip will understand better the context in which Jewish communities were persecuted. As a result of this fellowship, I am so fortunate to build a relationship with the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut to create lesson plans and professional development based on the teachings of this trip.

This fellowship was made possible by the Konover Coppa Fund and I am wholeheartedly thankful for this opportunity. I also extend my deepest gratitude to Voices of Hope, Jewish Hartford: European Roots, the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Trinity College, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UCONN for their endless support, encouragement and investment in professional development for educators.
This blog will serve as a place of reflection and reference for the time leading up to and during the trip, as well as upon return. Click on the links below to read individual entries.

Click here to see the travel blogs of the other incredible educators who also received a fellowship for this journey.

I’ve Never Been to a Concentration Camp – June 28, 2019

Ponar -July 16, 2019

Collaborators – July 16, 2019

The 9th Fort – July 17, 2019

Under the Surface – July 18, 2019

Jedwabne: Collaborators, Denial and Healing – July 19, 2019

Tykocin and Lopuchowo – July 19, 2019

Treblinka – July 19, 2019

Resistance and Rescue – July 20, 2019

The Jewish Historical Institute – Warsaw – July 22, 2019

Railroads and Cattle Cars – July 22, 2019

Never the Same – July 24, 2019

Choiceless Choices – July 25, 2019