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ODU Program: The French Holocaust
Krakow, Poland; Paris, France
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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
French 396

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.

 Paris/Auschwitz explores “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.  We 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.  From Paris we will then take the “perverse journey” to Auschwitz via Kraków in Poland where we 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.   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-Friday, February 7 from 4:00-5:30 pm; Pre-trip classes Monday, February 3, 10 (4:20-7:00) Friday, February 21, 5:00-8:00;  There will be two additional post trip 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 304T396/497/697  FRENCH 396 (3 credits) during Spring 2014 registration in order to participate in this program.


 Eiffel Tower

Marais District; Rue de Rosiers/Pletzl Quartier

Synagogue Tour/Memorial de la Shoah

 Drancy Deportation Camp


Free day in Paris

 Kraków Kazimierz District
historic Jewish Quarter

Schindler & Galicia Museums

Plaszow Concentration Camp




synagogue in Poland

French wall of names

Day 1:  March 6- Depart Norfolk for Paris, France

Day 2:  March 7- Arrival in Paris, transfer to hotel, evening tour of Vel d’Hiv Roundup, ending with visit to Eiffel Tower

Day 3: March 8- AM lecture; free day to explore; 8:00 pm dinner near Montmartre

Day 4: March 9- Paris synagogue tour; visit to Memorial de la Shoah; dinner in historic Jewish district

Day 5: March 10- Bus excursion to Drancy deportation camp; meet with Holocaust survivors in PM; Free evening

Day 6: March 11- Travel to Krakow, PM visit to Oskar Schindler Museum; free evening in Krakow

Day 7: March 12- Tour Kazimierz Jewish District; Galicia Jewish Museum and Podgorze Jewish Ghetto

Day 8: March 13- Auschwitz-Birkenau tour

Day 9: March 14 -Visit site of Plaszow concentration camp; free afternoon in Krak
ów, final dinner in historic Jewish quarter with Klezmer Music concert

Day 10: March 15- Depart Krak
ów for 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:

Dr. Brett Bebber studies the histories of postwar and postimperial migration, racism, and integration in Britain, and the history of the British empire. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which the decline of the Empire and the surge in migration to postwar Britain reshaped national identity and social relationships in the metropole. He has written on the intersections of race, gender, and violence in postwar Britain, and studied the cultural implications of social control, working-class violence and political racisms in modern British culture. Dr. Bebber has led many study abroad programs in the past while at Presbyterian College.




Program Cost:

$3,250 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 8 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:

$3,650.  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 15, 2013 and the other half on January 17, 2014.

Prof. Annette Finley-Croswhite
Department of History
8000 Batten Arts & Letters
Prof. Brett Beber
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.