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The March: Bearing Witness to Hope

The March: Bearing Witness to Hope

Reflections by participants reveal that the transformative impact of this trip continues to influence their lives intellectually, ethically, aesthetically, and spiritually.

The March: Bearing Witness to Hope is brought to you by:

Nazareth College
Jamie R. Fazio
Catholic Chaplain
Center for Spirituality

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Professor Michael N. Dobkowski
Department of Religious Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, N.Y.,14456

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Every two years since May 2000, Nazareth College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges have offered The March: Bearing Witness to Hope. The roughly 9-day trip takes students from both Nazareth and Hobart and William Smith Colleges to study the Holocaust on site in Germany and Poland under the collective guidance of Holocaust scholars, survivors, and Israeli and Polish guides. Participants travel to cities that were once vibrant Jewish communities, to concentration and death camps engineered by the Third Reich, and to historic locations commemorating acts of resistance and rescue in the face of the "Final Solution." Participation has expanded over the years to include local community members and graduate students.

Participants commit to identify, confront, and transform situations of prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance, institutionally as well as inter-personally, upon their return. Faculty and staff mentors from both campuses work with these student leaders to confront the ethical dilemmas, political implications, and religious questions raised by the Holocaust today.





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