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Central Europe: Holocaust Studies

January 2020 marks the 75th year since the liberation of Auschwitz. On this significant anniversary, participants will have the opportunity to witness how the Holocaust is remembered in Central Europe. This program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the European Genocide of Jews during the mid-twentieth century. Participants will travel to Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany, where we will visit historical sites related to the Holocaust and its commemorations. We will meet with historians, politicians, and others to discuss the political and social repercussions of the devastating episode in Europe through history and how they are remembered today.

Info Session
Tuesday September 10th at 12:30 SSB 226


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Application Deadline: September 27
Commitment Fee Deadline: October 4

Course Description

By visiting sites of former concentration camps, Holocaust Memorials, and Jewish history museums, students will come to understand the momentum of such a crime and its legacy today. The program will follow in the footsteps of Ruth Kluger, a Holocaust survivor whose memoir Still Alive traces her experiences from a girlhood in Vienna, Austria to the concentration campus at Terezin (Czech Republic) and Auschwitz (Poland), as well as her life as a refugee in post-war Germany. Seeing the Holocaust from Kluger’s perspective reminds us that each of the “six million” victims was an individual with unique personalities and experiences.

Program Information

Course: HGS 370 / HIS 316: Holocaust in Central Europe

Liberal Learning: Social Change in Historical Perspectives; Global. May also may be applied to the Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor.

Dates: Jan. 8-22

Program Director: Dr. Cynthia Paces, Professor of History

Eligibility: No prerequisites and no language requirements. Open to all students in good academic standing (including current first-year students).

Program Fee: $4,806.21. See Budget Sheet and explore scholarship opportunities.


  • Prague Jewish Quarter
  • Munich walking tour
  • Nuremberg Nazi Rally Grounds
  • Vienna Jewish History Museum
  • Prague Castle
  • Terezin, former Jewish Ghetto
  • Old Jewish District of Kazimierz
  • Wawel Royal Castle
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
  • Schindler Museum


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Cynthia Paces at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.