Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Memory and Reconciliation: The Churches and the Holocaust

On Friday, Iona students Kelsey McDonough '13, Michelle Muzzio, '15, Br. Stembridge Maimbo, CFC '12, Chelsea Champion, '14 and faculty members Orly Shachar, Mass Comm, and Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, will travel to Auschwitz, Poland. The upcoming week will consist of a variety of on-site lectures and tours with concurrent lectures. Students will be exposed to the historical, social, and religious meanings of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Time will be spent in Oświęcim, Krakow, and Wadowice.  Students will learn about the relationship between Christianity and the Holocaust/Shoah, be introduced to some of the actions of the Christian churches during the Holocaust, and also be introduced to the the post-Shoah relationship between Christianity and Judaism. The effects of Communism and post-Communist Poland on memory and contemporary relationships in Poland also provide a horizon for the course.


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