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Campus Editors to Visit Poland, Bulgaria & Israel on ADL Mission

New York, NY, June 15, 2004…Representatives from college and university newspapers will soon have an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the situation on the ground in Israel and historical background on the Jewish experience in Europe.

Editors participating in the 12th Annual Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Campus Editor's Study Mission to Poland, Bulgaria and Israel will learn about the horrors of the Holocaust by visiting Auschwitz and the Warsaw Ghetto, how the people of Bulgaria said "no" to the Nazis and witness life, democracy and profound change in Israel.  The Mission will depart from New York City on June 16 and will return on June 30.

"The goal of this mission is to add historical perspective of the creation of Israel and to help contextualize the personal experience of people living in Israel as well as important historical background of former Jewish communities in Europe, the Holocaust and how, while some nations turned a blind eye to what was going on in the 1930s and 1940s, others stood up and said 'no' to the Nazis," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "The students will also have a unique opportunity to witness Israel in a state of transition, as the Gaza disengagement is put into effect."

In Poland, the students will visit Auschwitz and the areas once occupied by the Warsaw and Krakow ghettos.  They'll learn about traditional Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust and attempts to revive Jewish communities after the fall of communism. In Sofia, Bulgaria, they will meet with Bulgarian government officials and Jewish community representatives to examine how the government, the church and the people of Bulgaria united to save the entire Bulgarian Jewish community during the Holocaust.

While in Israel, the students will meet with Government officials, Knesset members, Palestinian representatives and students.  They will also tour the historic sites of Israel.

Editors from the University of Michigan, University of Central Florida, Binghamton University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Oregon State University, University of Utah, San Jose State University, Harvard University, University of Maine and Indiana University of Bloomington will participate in the Mission.

Funding for the 2004 mission was provided through a generous contribution by Laurie Tisch and The Laurie Tisch Sussman Foundation.  Additional funding was provided by the Meyer W. Nathans Foundation and Bidi Finkelstein, in memory of her late husband Albert.


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