Department of English

Travel abroad in Germany

Munich, Berlin and Krakow

Photo Above: A sign marking an exhibit on the "Path to Dictatorship." This 2-week course travels in May, but counts as part of the Spring course load. Travel is to Munich, Berlin and Krakow.

ENG 294-004: Narratives of Oppression and Resistance

2 weeks, 3 credits - travel is in May

Explore the literature and geography of oppression and resistance through narratives of the Holocaust and the Iron Curtain. Students will study how the narratives and sites of oppression and resistance reveal both the worst and best of human potential.

We will consider issues of representation, voice, and genre, as well as study current events and controversies regarding Holocaust and Cold War history and narrative, making connections to other literatures of marginalized groups, studies of oppressed peoples, human rights concerns, discussions of individual and communal responsibilities, and significant ethical questions from both the 20th century and today.

Though people of various identities were targeted by the Nazis, our course will focus on the experiences of Jews, women, gays and lesbians, and Roma/Sinti (commonly known as gypsies). We will study various means of resistance enacted by oppressed peoples and on their behalfs, both during the Holocaust and afterwards during the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe.

Our object: To make the literature tangible for students. We will be able to investigate firsthand the roles of memorialization in public memory and narrative. The travel component in May 2014 will consist of a trip to Munich, Berlin, and Krakow.

Requirement: A student must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.0. The student may take up to 12 credit hours in INT 294 (ENG 294) and/or INT 494 (ENG 494).

Tentative Itinerary

May 13 Travel to Munich, Germany.

May 14 Arrive Munich
Railcar memorial as symbol of the Holocaust
May 15 Munich - Guided walking tour of Nazi-related sites, the location of the Beer Hall Putsch Street Battle, the Jewish Museum.

May 16 Munich (Nuremberg) - Documentation Center and Rally Grounds. Old Town, Nuremberg.

May 17 Munich (Dachau)

May 18 Munich - Berlin
Train to Berlin.

May 19 Berlin - Sachsenhausen.

May 20 Berlin - Jewish Museum, Topography of Terror, various memorials.

May 21 Berlin - Schwules Museum (Berlin's Gay Museum); Checkpoint Charlie Museum

May 22 Berlin - Stasi Museum, Stasi prison, DDR Museum

May 23 Berlin - Krakow

May 24 Krakow - Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) and Jewish Ghetto, Pharmacy, Schindler's Factory.

May 25 Krakow - Plaszow and Auschwitz- Birkenau.

May 26 Krakow - Wawel Castle and Old Krakow.
Optional: Wieliczka Salt mine.

May 27 Travel from Krakow, Poland to the U. S.

The first stop for interested students is the Office of International Programs, which gives a step-be-step how-to on registering for this study abroad opportunities.

And don't forget to apply for funding!

Wentworth Travel Fellowships

Each year, a dozen or so students are awarded funds to travel to the country or area where their favorite authors or literary characters have existed. Our students have explored countries as far flung as China and India and as close to home as Concord, Mass., and New Orleans. Details are here.