Study Visit to Neubrandenburg, Germany to Foster Learning about Past, Present, and Future

June 7, 2022

Besides preparing students for applying to international MA programs, the Roma Graduate Preparation Program offers a variety of opportunities to students. These opportunities are related to community building and networking in the international Romani network and learning about Romani history, politics, arts, and culture.

In mid-May the 2021/2022 RGPP cohort along with social worker students, staff, and faculty from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), travelled to Neubrandenburg, Germany on a study visit, which focused on the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust and their memorizations.

During the 3-day-visit with social worker students from the local Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences, the group of Roma and non-Roma graduate students discussed their lived-experiences and shared ideas about the causes and impact of racism and the possible ways of dismantling it.

During their trip, students visited the opening of the photo exhibition “The Persecution of Central German Sinti and Roma under National Socialism”.

“These towns had accumulated a lot of memories. We could see historical photos of the sites as well as of the Roma and Sinti victims and learned about the struggles of preserving the memory of victims and their sufferings.”

– said Elmas Köçkün, a current RGPP student.

On the second day, they visited the village of Alt-Rehse, the site of the main Nazi racial ideological school for nurses and doctors during the Nazi era.

During the trip, the students also spent time with getting to know each other, talking about their experiences with activism.

“I am grateful that I met so hardworking, emotional, social worker students who think like me and stand in real solidarity with us.”

The trip had made an impact on the students.

“It was an unforgettable lesson. My heart still hurts when I think about it....”

– added Elmas.