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History to Offer Holocaust Travel/Study Experience in 2008

Mar 26, 2007 - The history department’s Dr. Stephen Carls, along with Union’s Dr. David Gushee in ethics and theology, will join three University of Tennessee at Martin professors, Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls in history who is also the program leader, Professor Tim Hacker in English, and Dr. Michelle Marks Merwin in psychology, in offering an interdisciplinary Holocaust travel/study experience in the spring of 2008. Dr. Carls held informational meetings with interested Union students on March 26 and 27, 2007.

Students will be able to take up to six hours of academic credit based on several courses offered, with each course worth 3 upper-level credits. The courses will include some class instruction during the spring 2008 semester, followed by a trip to Europe beginning right after Union University’s May graduation and ending at the outset of June, 2008.

Participants will make major stops in Berlin and Nuremburg in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic, and Cracow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw in Poland. In addition to visiting sites connected with the Holocaust, students will have the opportunity to go to national landmarks, museums, churches, and other important places in each of the countries traveled to, and to experience local traditions and customs. For more detailed information about the Holocaust tour, please visit the Holocaust travel/study web page starting in late April, 2007, at http://www.uu.edu/events/holocausttrip/.

Dr. Stephen Carls stands by a barbed-wire fence in June, 2006, at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

Visitors enter and leave the entrance gate of the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in Poland in June, 2006. Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls of UT Martin (second person from the right) observes the camp interior just before entering.