BLOG: Exploring European Memory Politics in Europe on a Study Tour with 18 students from Canada

Undergraduate and graduate students were exposed to experiential learning while travelling to Austria, Hungary, Italy and Poland for three weeks. During and after the trip, students and accompanying scholars were invited to reflect on the various experiences while on the  Study Tour in European Memory Politics. Read some of the contributions on our blog.

Below a chronological  overview of the contributions:

Introduction and preparations od the Study Tour in European Memory Politics.

Day 1 – June 3rd / Victoria-Vancouver-Muenich-Vienna

The Adventure Begins – Study Tour in European Memory Politics by Janine Wulz

Day 2 – June 4th / Arrival in Vienna

Stickiness of Memory by Lisa Chalykoff

Day 3 – June 5th / Vienna: Introductory City Walk with Bernhard Weidinger

Graffiti as an example of public memory politics by Maia Vasco

In the traditional centre of Jewish life in Vienna by Oliver Schmidtke

Day 4 – June 6th / Vienna

Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstands. Tour and Meeting with Experts /

Round Table Holocaust Education and Memory Politics, Ministry of Education /

Event Memory Politics with Jochen Böhler für Polen, Andrea Petö bzw. Éva Kovács für Ungarn und Helga Embacher für Österreich. Jewish Museum Vienna

How to deal with contested historical memories and statues by Beate Schmidtke

Holocaust Distortion: Contested Memory in Europe by Matt James

Exchange on Holocaust education and prevention of anti-semitism with Austrian officials by Beate Schmidtke

Day 5 – June 6th / Train to Oświęcim: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim

Day 6 – June 7th /  Oświęcim: Visit Museum Auschwitz I Stammlager

Meeting with a survivor

Overwhelmed in Auschwitz by Vanessa Wheaton

Day 7 – June 8th / Oświęcim: Museum Auschwitz II Birkenau, Synagogue

Tidal wave of emotions in Auschwitz – Birkenau by Ellie Hiotakis and Simrat Otal

Holocaust memory across Europe by Alicia Ward

Processing Auschwitz through Photographs by Kästle Van Der Meer

Day 8 – June 9th / Bus to Kraków, Walking tour Jewish Krakow (Kazimierz), Jewish Galicia Museum

Reflecting on Evidence of Life by Maia Vasco

From a Jewish Paradise to Nazi Concentration Camps by Jacob Moreno and Emily Duff

From Munitions Factory to Constructed Memory- The case of Schindler’s Factory Museum in Krakow by Alicia Ward

Day 9 – June 10th / Night Train Kraków-Vienna/ Reflections

Day 10 –  June 11th / Vienna

Euthanasia Memorial at the Spiegelgrund and Otto Wagner Church

Meet Activists at the Slovenian Student Union

Slovenian Student Activists by Elena Senecal and Rowan Salverda

Vienna: Stumble upon memory by Ana Paula Santana Bertho

Day 11 – June 12th/ Vienna: University and Memory Politics Tour

Siegfried’s Kopf Memorial at the University of Vienna by Megan Klein and Anika Luteijn

Day 12 – June 13th / Budapest Workshop at ELTE

Day 13 – June 14th/ Budapest

Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Canada Panel I: Memory politics in a regional perspective 

          Video of the KAS Panel

Remembrance and Memorialization in Education

Engaging Generation Z in Topics of Collective Memory & History: Thoughts from the 2023 European Memory Politics Conference by Kästle Van Der Meer

Tracing Local History and Memory Using a Digital Application (IWalk)

           Reliving History Through an IWalk: My Experience at a Memorial on the Danube River by Kästle Van Der Meer

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Canada Youth Panel Youth with the Zachor Foundation for Social Remembrance

Thoughts of an Inspired Student by Alicia Ward

Day 14 – June 15h /Budapest Conference

Intergenerational Trauma after Violence: Memory, Narrative, and Agency across Vulnerable Populations

Intergenerational Trauma after Violence: Remembrance, Reconciliation and Resilience across Refugee Communities

Methodological Sightseeing Tour in the World of Automated Text Analytics with ELTE Research Center for Computational Social Science (

Visit to the House of Terror

Surviving Terror: From the Holocaust Memorial Center to the House of Terror by Alicia Ward

Intergenerational trauma presentation and the visit to the House of Terror by Sarah Robinson and August Kirste-Yee

Day 15 – June 16th / Budapest

Remembrance and Amnesia, Silences in Memorialization

Museums and Memorialization

Hungarian Memory Politics in the Field: Monument of National Martyrs, Memorial of National Unity, Liberty Square

Selective Memory: Német Megszállás Áldozatainak and Misrepresentations of the Past in Modern Hungary  by Kalea Palmer and Emma Newton

Day 16 – June 17th / Budapest

Reflection / Student PanelLearning about the Fascist Past: Hungary’s current approaches by Alissa Schmidtke

Budapest Conference: Memory Politics in Comparative Perspective by Matt James

                     Summaries of the Budapest June Conference by Fazila Mat


Day 17 – June 18th / Train to Klagenfurt

Hotel Rossmann at the Wörthersee

Day 18 – June 19th /Wörthersee

Eisenkappel and Memorial Politics and the Alpe-Adria Region Hike

Day 19 – June 20th / Bus to Triest

Loibl Memorial

Day 20 – June 21st / Triest: City tour Triest with Francesca Pitacco

Tour at Risiera di San Sabba

Some Aesthetic Aspects of Holocaust Memorialization by Lisa Chalykoff

Day 21 – June 22nd / Triest

Foibe di Bassovizza, Memory Politics in Italy

Memory on the Border – Loibl Tunnel by Alicia Ward

Final Reflections