"The tree trunks split and grow from long grievances…Before my eyes, the soaring trunks become faces and bodies full of life. I recognize Sarah, Herold, Anna, Isaac and all the others, they sway in the wind, proud and peaceful." — Maxime, Student from the University of Albi

Between February 18-24, Yahad-In Unum launched our new educational project: "Field course on the Holocaust by bullets" with a group of 17 masters students from the University of Albi (Institut National Universitaire Champollion) in Albi, France. This course, the first of its kind, gives masters students the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust by bullets on the field, thanks to witnesses found and interviewed by Yahad-In Unum as well sites identified and documented by our organization (sites of mass graves and places of Jewish memory).

In the course of their trip, the students met with eyewitnesses of mass shootings of the Jews, participated in a cultural exchange with Jewish youth in the town of Loutsk, visited the former prisoner of war camp at Rawa Ruska and met with the Director of the Library at the Ivano Franko National University of Lviv. On the last day of the trip, the students shared the following sentiment with our team: "We have lived an unforgettable experience. Through the words of the witnesses, the Holocaust by Bullets has never felt as close as it does now, on the ground in Ukraine."

Learn more about this pilot trip through the students' thoughtful and intriguing blog posts on our Travel Log.

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