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After returning from my study abroad experience, many people have asked me how was the trip? What did you experience? Was it fun? Not many people asked me what I learned, or how I felt. The emotions and knowledge that I have encountered on this trip is a complex subject to grapple with. The Holocaust, or Shoah as Europeans call it, was a tragedy that devastated millions of families. I often thought what would I have done if this happened to my family? How would I be able to move forward after the slaughter of the people that I held near and dear to my heart? The sadness of Auschwitz, Drancy, and Płaszów will never leave me nor will the knowledge I have obtained.

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