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Experiences of Auschwitz

Students and faculty share stories, emotions of trip to former concentration camps

11/28/02

For 10 days in September, faculty members and students from the University tried to heal the still-painful wounds of the Holocaust. The group journeyed to Poland for an international and interreligious dialogue with Christians and Jews from the United States, Poland and Germany at the center for dialogue and prayer in Oscwiecim (formerly Auschwitz), Poland. And on Monday, Dec. 2, the group is sharing its experiences and slides with students, faculty and the public. The gathering takes place at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. It is free and open to everyone. In addition to the many interreligious dialogues, the group toured the former Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, listened to stories from survivors, held religious services in a former synagogue that hadn’t held a religious service since the Nazi occupation and visited a city where all of the Jews were removed by the Nazis. The trip was so powerful, says department of theology chair Bill Madges, that the University is looking to find a way to take a group of students every year. The current issue of Xavier magazine features the trip. For more information about the talk, contact the department of theology at 513 745-3026.