BIST Holocaust 2022

Former concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz

Legacies of the Holocaust: History, Memory, Law, and Justice (GST 265)

Instructors: Steve Gowler & Dan Huck
Dates: May Term (Summer I)
Estimated Costs: $5,260*

The systematic murder of six million Jews and five million others by the Nazis during World War II is a defining event of the twentieth century. Drawing on perspectives from several disciplines—including history, religion, law, sociology, and psychology—we will attempt to move toward a deeper understanding of the causes, course, and consequences of this world-shattering event. In addition to what happened, we will consider legacies of the Holocaust: how it has been and continues to be remembered and memorialized in Europe, as well as on the post-war Nurembg tribunals established to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.

The course includes 4 days of intensive on-campus instruction, during which the class will meet up to six hours each day. In addition, films will be screened outside of class time. Following our on-campus study, the class will travel to Holocaust sites, museums, and memorials in Poland (Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw) and Germany (Berlin, Weimar, and Nuremberg).  During the spring semester prior to the trip, there will be regular email exchanges among members of the class, and the class will meet three times to prepare for the travel portion of the course. The course includes extensive travel to locations that will challenge the participants intellectually and emotionally, including former Nazi camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Treblinka, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück, and Buchenwald; sites related to Oskar Schindler and the Warsaw Ghetto, the courtroom of Nuremberg trials, as well as many thought-provoking memorials and museums.  There will also be ample time to enjoy the rich sights and sounds of the vibrant cities we visit.

Financial Support

Financial support from Berea College is available for any major to cover a portion of the cost of a summer abroad. The Department of Foreign Languages offers similar financial support for qualified majors and minors. Find out more information on how to obtain financial support.

This program is eligible for the Gilman scholarship. Start applying!

*This is the estimated cost. Note that Berea BIST budgets are all-inclusive: program, airfare, housing, meals, immunizations, insurance, spending money—the works!


For specific questions about this course, contact Steve Gowler or Dan Huck.

For general questions about the BIST application process or scholarships, contact the Education Abroad Team at or 859-985-3453, or drop by 205 Woods-Penniman.