Princeton University 2012

Program Description

The seminar will run for six weeks, meeting four days a week, Monday through Thursday. It will combine three types of in-class activities: lectures and seminars; discussions faciliated by students. In addition, the seminar will feature weekly guest-lectures by Polish scholars, and public figures.

As part of the Krakow program, students will have the opportunity to acquire basic ("survival") language skills in Polish. Language classes will meet in two 45+minute sessions each morning, Monday through Thursday, before the beginning of the seminar classes proper.

Fridays are reserved for field trips to sites od interest in and outside of Krakow. We will visit: Kazimierz, the old Jewish district of the city; The Podgórze and Płaszów, former nazi ghetto and camp in Krakow, the town and steel plant of Nowa Huta, a unique example of large-scale socialist industrz, planning, and architecture; Auschwitz Birkenau, the largest extermination camp built by the Nazi regime during World War II; Zakopane, a picturesque resort in the Tatra Mountains.

Course description

This course, based in Krakow, explores the variety and richness of Jewish social, political, and community life in Poland in the context of the calamity that befell Polish Jews in World War II. The seminar includes multi-day study trips to Warsaw, small towns in the area once know as Jewish Galicia, and the Auschwitz concentration camp.


Princeton University

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Princeton University
330 Aaron Burr Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-0001
Tel. 609 258 4851
Fax. 609 258 3988

Jagiellonian University

Michał Zając
International Programmes Coordinator
Department of International Polish Studies
ul. Grodzka 64
31-044 Kraków
Tel.: +48 12 663 1810