Holocaust History in the 21st Century Tour

Prague, Czech Republic, a stop on the Holocaust tour.

Hosted by Norma J. Hervey, Professor Emerita of History, Luther College

Please join us for this unique opportunity to travel to Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic with other alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College. Tour participants will explore and discuss the history of the Holocaust with experts while visiting many of the key sights in Eastern Europe. Special arrangements have been made for the Luther tour group to stay at the Nazi Guard Quarters at the Ravensbrueck Concentration Camp in Ravensbrueck, Germany; the lodge at Cesky Raj (Bohemian Paradise National Park in the Czech Republic); and at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer located near the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum (former site of the Auschwitz I Concentration Camp in Oswiecim, Poland). All other accommodations will be at Marriott International Hotels.

Tuesday, July 11 -  Friday, July 28, 2017
The tour will include visits to the Theresienstadt (Czech Republic), Ravensbrueck (Germany), Sachsenhausen (Germany), Auschwitz I (Poland) and Auschwitz II - Birkenau (Poland) Concentration Camps, along with visiting sites and museums that have been dedicated to the memory of the Jews that died in the Holocaust. In Prague, the tour group will visit Josefov, the 15th century Jewish Quarter with six synagogues, Jewish Cemetery and Ceremonial Hall. There are several museums in Berlin dedicated to the Holocaust that are included in the tour - the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe, the Topography of Terror Documentation Center and the Jewish Museum. Halfway through the tour, the group will have a chance to relax and reflect while staying at Cesky Raj - the beautiful Bohemian Paradise National Park of the Czech Republic. The tour continues on to Poland for more time to explore and discuss the history of the Holocaust with the experts at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer, located a short walking distance from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum. The tour also includes visits to many of the most famous and historically important sights of Prague, Berlin, and Krakow.

Norma Hervey, former head librarian and professor emerita of history at Luther College

Norma Hervey, professor emerita of history at Luther College, will host this tour. Hervey received a BA in History at the University of Akron, MA in Library Science at State University of New York, Geneseo, a MA in History at St. Bonaventure University, and PhD in History at the University of Minnesota. She was a member of the American honor society for students and professors of history, Phi Alpha Theta, joining as an undergraduate student in 1955 and again as a graduate student in 1979. As an instructor, Hervey specialized in 19th-20th century American History, specifically immigration and community history.

An avid international traveler, she has visited Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, Germany, the Slovak Republic, England, Scotland, Poland, Norway, Lithuania, and Ukraine. Her research interests extend to the Holocaust and ethnic issues in Central and Eastern Europe, where she has traveled many extensively to pursue and instruct in these fields. Hervey has also secured an excellent local tour guide to assist with her with this tour. 

For more information, please contact:
Sherry Alcock '82
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Luther College, Office of Alumni Relations
800-225-8664
563-387-1164
alcock@luther.edu

 

 

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