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Holocaust Study Trip to Germany, Austria and The Netherlands:
The Past, The Present and The Future

Join Holocaust Museum Houston from March 12-24, 2011 for a Holocaust Study Trip to Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. 

This study trip focuses on Western Europe and the narratives of Holocaust history and memory. The trip provides a series of in-depth explorations of Holocaust history, suited to those interested in studying and experiencing authentic sites of the Holocaust era. 

Explorations begin in the city where the Nazis rose to power, Munich. Participants will explore Munich’s history through its landscape, architecture and historic sites, learning the storied history of these structures and spaces. From Munich, the tour will take a one-day excursion to Austria to visit Mauthausen and Salzburg and then return to Germany to continue explorations there before heading to The Netherlands. Throughout the trip, participants will study at seven Nazi camps and numerous other sites of learning and remembrance important to Holocaust history. This range of authentic sites will provide a chance to consider each site’s history and the way the site has been remembered, narrated and memorialized, increasingly important considerations in the 21st century.

Concentration camp sites and memorials to be visited include:

  • Dachau (Germany)
  • Mauthausen (Austria)
  • Buchenwald (Germany)
  • Sachsenhausen (Germany)
  • Ravensbrück (Germany)
  • Bergen Belsen (Germany)
  • Westerbork (The Netherlands)

Additional Holocaust-related sites to be visited include, among others:

  • Historic sites specific to victims’ experiences
  • Structures built and/or used by the Nazis in each of the cities on the itinerary;
  • The White Rose Memorial (Munich)
  • Courtroom 600 (Nuremberg)
  • The Documentation Center (Nuremberg)
  • Zeppelin Field (Nuremberg)
  • Grunewald Station Memorial  (Berlin)
  • House of the Wannsee Conference (Berlin)
  • Topography of Terror Center (Berlin)
  • Judischer Friedhof Weissensee (Berlin)
  • Jewish Museum of Berlin
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe  (Berlin)
  • Steenwijkerland and Nunspeet (The Netherlands)
  • The Anne Frank House (Amsterdam)
  • Dutch Resistance Museum (Amsterdam)
  • Esnoga (Portuguese) Synagogue (Amsterdam)
  • Jewish Historical Museum (Amsterdam)

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While this trip is intensive in Holocaust learning experiences, travelers will also have time to enjoy the rich resources of the areas visited. Leisure time is planned for participants in Salzburg, Weimar, Berlin and Amsterdam. On several days, participants also will be able to enjoy the “flavor” of an area during lunch and dinner.

Museum staff, past tour participants, survivors and HMH Board members developed the trip plans.  Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, director of education at Holocaust Museum Houston, will lead the trip.  

For more information about the trip, download the trip itinerary and registration form, e-mail education@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123.

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