UACCB Students Study Holocaust

By Karla Rush, guest writer

BATESVILLE - Seven students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville have been selected for a study abroad experience this summer.  Each student is currently enrolled in a course to learn the history of the Holocaust in preparation for the upcoming two-week trip to Europe.

According to Bill Wood, history instructor at UACCB, the purpose of Study Abroad: Holocaust Europe is to increase student understanding of Holocaust history through actual cultural immersion experiences.  

Students will have the opportunity to see first-hand some of the major historical sites, such as Sachsenhausen, Dachau and Terezin Concentration camps and the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.

Wood is coordinating the trip along with UACCB faculty sponsors Rachel Ratcliff, science instructor and Jesse Cargill, Med Pro Ed coordinator.

Each student will keep a daily log of their travels through Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland.  The group will tour concentration camps, the Krakow Jewish quarter, Schindler's factory (made famous by Steven Spielberg's movie) and visit Berchtesgaden Eagles Nest, Hitler's chalet high in the Austrian Alps.

Participating students receive four college credits in history.  Students and faculty will leave Arkansas on May 13 and return on May 28, 2014.  For more information about study abroad or other academic and cultural programs at UACCB, call 870-612-2000.