Five Daemen students traveled to Poland this summer to take part in a new exchange program between Daemen and East European
State Higher School in Przemyśl (PWSW).
Led by Daemen College Associate Professor of History Dr. Andrew Wise, a key focus of the program was to perform service learning work in the preservation and documentation of the two-century-old Jewish cemetery in Przemyśl.
The program included classroom lectures by faculty from the East European State Higher School in Przemyśl (PWSW) and Jagiellonian University (Kraków). The students also experienced history firsthand through visits to historic sites in Warszawa, Kraków, Przemyśl, Leżajsk, Lublin and Lwów/ Lviv (in Ukraine).
Earlier this year, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded Daemen and the East European State Higher School in Przemyśl (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Wschodnioeuropejska w Przemyślu, or PWSW) a grant of $15,000. The prestigious grant, “Multicultural Poland: The Coexistence of Polish and Jewish Cultures in the 20th Century,” helped fund the summer program, in July.
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and the emotionally stirring exhibition “Krakow under Nazi Occupation: 1939–1945,” located at the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory, are among the historic landmarks visited by the group of Daemen students and faculty during their month-long study trip.
Coursework in Przemyśl focused on the theme of Polish-Jewish relations in the twentieth century.
The cemetery restoration work was conducted under the supervision of Dr. John Hartman, whose Remembrance and Reconciliation Foundation, Inc. has provided funding for additional recent maintenance and repair of the site. The Daemen students were also joined for one week by Daemen Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Joseph Sankoh, who conducted research into refugees in Poland and also presented service learning workshops for PWSW faculty.
For much more on the trip, visit the Daemen College History & Political Science Department blog: daemencollegehistoryandpolisci.blogspot.com.