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ODU Program: Paris/Auschwitz - The French Holocaust
Krakow, Poland; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 11/17/2015
Rolling Admission 03/03/2016 03/12/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing:
1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction: English
Area(s) of Study:
History, Jewish Studies
Faculty Leader:
Finley-Croswhite, A.
Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:
Spring Break in

Paris, Krakow & Auschwitz

The French Holocaust
HIST 304T/396/497/697
FREN 396
Will satisfy the 300-400 Non-GEOG/HIST/POLS requirement for International Studies majors

Paris/Auschwitz is a study abroad experience that focuses on the Holocaust, one of modern Europe’s most tragic and senseless “events” resulting in the loss of over 6 million Jews as well as gypsies, homosexuals, and political enemies of the Nazi state. When most people think of the Holocaust, they think of Nazi Germany, yet Jews from almost all European countries died during the Holocaust, inclusive of 76,000 French victims sacrificed by the Vichy collaborative government.   This course focuses on what happened in France and ties that experience to Auschwitz, the death camp where most deported French Jews were sent.

 The Paris/Auschwitz study abroad program will first take students to Kraków, Poland  where they will take the “perverse journey” to Auschwitz and will explore the impressive Kazimierz Jewish Quarter before making a two-day visit to one of the most terrible sites of 20th-century crimes against humanity: Auschwitz/Birkenau.   Students will also explore "Jewish Paris” and the sites associated with a thriving pre-World War II Jewish Parisian population inclusive of famous synagogues and the historic “Marais” district.  Students will also visit more traditional Parisian landmarks such as the “Eiffel Tower,” once known as the “Jewish Tower,” and the various Parisian monuments associated with the cruel deportations. Juxtaposed with the larger narrative of the Holocaust, this course also retraces the lives of several French Jews who experienced Auschwitz and asks students to reflect on their personal stories

Spring class meeting dates (mandatory): Orientation-TBD; pre-international study abroad experience class meetings-TBD;  There will be two additional post-international study abroad experience gatherings- TBD.  Students are encouraged to attend one screening of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, TBD.

PREREQUISITES: All students must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or above. NOTE: Advanced history majors may register for the course as HIST 497 and graduate students may register as HIST 697.  More advanced work will be required for the upper levels. Students taking HIST 304T must focus their Study Abroad research paper on Holocaust medical history. FREN 396 will include work in French.

*Students must register and pay for one of the following: HIST 304T/396/497/697  FREN 396 (3 credits) during Spring 2016 registration in order to participate in this program.

sample syllabus for French Holocaust course.pdf

Will satisfy the 300-400 Non-GEOG/HIST/POLS requirement for International Studies majors


 Eiffel Tower

Marais District; Rue de Rosiers/Pletzl Quartier

Synagogue Tour/Memorial de la Shoah

 Drancy Deportation Camp


 Kraków Kazimierz District
historic Jewish Quarter

Schindler & Galicia Museums

Plaszow Concentration Camp



synagogue in Poland

French wall of names

March 3: Group departs for Poland.

March 4: Group arrival at Kraków airport.  Transfer to Kraków centre to the Hotel  Wyspianski***. Check-in at hotel, lunch and time to rest; evening walk around with Dr. Finley-Croswhite  

March 5: 
Breakfast and morning guided visit (by bus) to the site of Plaszów concentration camp, and some other sights on your way. Afternoon and evening free.

March 6: Maciek Zabierowski from the Auschwitz Jewish Center will give us a Holocaust tour of the city.  In the late afternoon we will have a lecture by Dr. Edyta Gawron, Professor of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Night group meal.  

March 7: Breakfast, check-out from Wyspianski hotel. Departure by bus to the “Center of Dialogue” in Oswiecim for meeting/lecture there and lunch.  Afternoon visit to Harmeze Holocaust Art Exhibit with our bus transfers. Next return ride to nearby Oswiecim to check-in at Hotel Galicja***  Maciek Zabierowski will come with us to Harmeze.  After checking into our hotel we will return to Oswiecim center and go to the Auschwitz Jewish Center for tour of the museum and synagogue and meeting at Cafe Bergson.

March 8: Study tour in Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Concentration/Death Camp. The tour with local, museum guide will take approximately six hours.  Evening discussion.

March 9: Transfer to the Kraków airport for flight to Paris for rest of Study Tour in Paris.  After landing, we go directly to the Drancy, the former deportation camp outside of Paris.  Hotel has not yet been scheduled. Evening walking tour of Vélodrome d’Hiver sites tied to French Shoah

March 10: Visit Mémorial de la Shoah and Mémorial de la Déportation.  Free afternoon in Paris.

March 11: Synagogue tours: Grande Synagogue in the morning; Visit to Union des Déportés d’Auschwitz for meeting with survivor; Friday evening service at Copernic Synagogue (for those who want to attend); Final evening meal in Paris.

March 12: Return flight to Norfolk

*Subject to Change: The office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Dr. Annette Finley-Croswhite received her Ph.D. in early modern European history at Emory University in 1991 with a specialization in religious violence.  She has taught at Old Dominion University since then, authored two books and many articles, and has served as both Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, 2001-06 and Chair of History, 2006-2010.  She is currently Professor of History and teaches courses in early modern and modern French and European history, Holocaust history, and the history of medicine.  For more information on Dr. Finley-Croswhite and her work see:




Program Cost:

$3,350 with scholarship*

Cost Includes:

Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers, accommodations (double/triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), all breakfasts,  meals as indicated on itinerary, public transportation pass, entrance fees, health insurance, and study abroad fee.

Not Included:

ODU tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals other than those indicated above, transport other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:

Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  Note: to qualify for summer aid, undergraduate students must enroll in at least 3 additional credit hours; graduate students need only enroll for 3 credit hours to receive financial aid during the summer.

*ODU Scholarships:

Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader.

Estimated cost without scholarship:

$3,750  For some students, regular student financial aid support can be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad.  See the Office of Study Abroad for a program budget and referral to Student Financial Aid staff who assist study abroad students.

Payment Schedule:

$300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on November 13, 2015 and the other half on January 15, 2016.

Prof. Annette Finley-Croswhite
Department of History
8000 Batten Arts & Letters
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.


This program is currently not accepting applications.