The discipline of history empowers us to better understand ourselves by understanding what peoples think, feel, and do in the context of their own history. History can also move us in profound and meaningful ways by evoking the experiences of persons of the past. Traveling abroad provides richer learning experiences for students than in ordinary classrooms. While traveling the landscapes and cityscapes of foreign places, students are drawn into history and challenged to call to mind the experiences of persons of the past. This short-term study abroad course focuses on the history of the Holocaust and uses the landscape of Poland as a teaching tool. Students will visit some of the better known and more familiar Holocaust sites, such as the death camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek. But students will also walk the outlines of ghetto walls and visit the deportation depot of Umschlagplatz in Warsaw. They will view the remains of desecrated Jewish cemeteries and synagogues in the Kazimierz district in Kraków. They will interpret Holocaust exhibits and photographs at the Galicia Jewish Museum and Oskar Schindler Factory. Through these experiences, students will come to understand that nearly all of Poland, to a greater or lesser degree, can be regarded as a Holocaust site.


  • 05/22/2019 to 06/03/2019


  • International Air
  • Ground Transportation
  • 11 night Hotel Accommodations
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 3 Dinners
  • English-speaking Guides & Field Specialists
  • Admission Fees
  • Country Guidebook and Pre-Travel Documents
  • Embedded Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support

Info Session

  1. Sabre Hour Presentation on Wednesday, October 10, 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., in A 100
  2. Sabre Hour Presentation on Monday, October 15, 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., in A 200
  3. More sessions to follow, if necessary

Meet the Faculty

Matthew Szromba

Associate Professor of History
Phone: (920) 923-8505

Matthew Szromba is an Associate Professor of History at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in history from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and an M.A. and PhD. in history from Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. He is dedicated to creating affordable and high quality short-term study abroad experiences for students at Marian. Dr. Szromba enjoys doing outdoorsy stuff with his wife and sons, tells excellent dad jokes, owns an ill-behaved Brittany Spaniel named Louis, and is an unsuccessful backyard beekeeper.