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Photo above: At the Belzec camp, photo by Brittany Fried  March 12, 2016 A Renewed Understanding of my Motivation to Understand Tragedy   We walked into an underground room the size of a large warehouse. It was cold like the outside, but absent of wind...

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Photo above: Auschwitz-Birkenau March 12, 2015 I don’t know it I’ve ever really thought about what it would be like to visit Auschwitz. As the prototypical image of the Holocaust, of course I imagined it would be a difficult experience. But I ...

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Photo above: At Auschwitz-Birkenau, taken by Ari Goldstein March 12, 2015 Many times, Holocaust education centers on what happened at Auschwitz- Birkenau. The horrors I’ve read about have always been difficult for me to understand so I thought it necess...

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Photo above: Mass grave at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, photo taken by Brittany Fried March 11, 2016 Auschwitz is the most commonly visited Holocaust memorial site in the world. For many, it has become the overarching symbol for the Shoah, serving as an icon a...

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Photo above: Father Desbois at the dedication ceremony of the mass grave in Rava Ruska in June 2015 March 9, 2016 There is no way to truly prepare yourself for the first time you see a mass grave site. Perhaps there’s a degree of familiarity with th...

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Photo above: Students and Father Desbois at a Jewish cemetery in Busk, Ukraine March 9, 2016 The remnants of an abhorrent kind of evil lay largely hidden in the parts of western Ukraine that we visited. Threads of neglect stretch throughout Lviv and the n...

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