Part VI- Essays
Please answer the following two questions in essay format. Each essay should be 750 words or less.
1) Why are you applying to the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program? Please include what you feel you can offer to the Fellows Program, as well as what you hope to gain from it. Make sure to describe your previous experience with Holocaust or genocide studies or human rights. Please also consider how your previous experience would affect your fellowship and how you would use the experience of the program in your future studies and endeavors.
2) For the second essay, please choose one of the following statements to use as the basis of a reflective essay. Please indicate at the top of your essay which statement you are writing about.
"We must be listened to: above and beyond our personal experience, we have collectively witnessed a fundamental unexpected event, fundamental precisely because unexpected, not foreseen by anyone. It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere."— Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved, Vintage; New York, 1989. pg. 199.
"Despite the rise of Auschwitz as a symbol of the Holocaust generally, the story of the town escaped public notice. Having a community attached to the nearby death camp might suggest a normality and stability that did not fit into the consciousness of the Holocaust as an aberrant event. For many writers on the Holocaust, camps did not belong in towns; they were treated as terror zones outside any moral community set historically in place..." -S. Bonner, "Inventing and Invoking Tradition in Holocaust Memorials," in: New Directions in Folklore, Issue 4:2 October, 2000
"The standards of a civilized state, the state with ages-old traditions of tolerance and amicable coexistence of nations and religions should be binding on its citizens... We have become aware of the responsibility for our attitude towards the dark pages in our history. We have understood that bad service is done to the nation by those who are impelling to renounce that past. Such attitude leads to a moral self-destruction." -Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, July 10, 2001, Jedwabne, Poland