TEDS Student Joins Groundbreaking Program

Auschwitz Glasses | Paweł Sawicki

Jeremy Mann, a Master of Divinity student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, is one of the 14 seminarians and divinity students chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in a two-week program in New York, Germany, and Poland in June 2013. This trip is one of four FASPE programs (started in 2010), each of which works with 14–15 students, that use the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage students in an intensive study of contemporary ethics in their field.

FASPE fellowships examine the roles played by professionals in four specific fields (journalism, law, clergy, and medicine) in Nazi Germany and underscore that moral codes governing these key professions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. By educating students about the causes of the Holocaust and promoting their awareness of related contemporary issues, FASPE seeks to prepare these Fellows to address various ethical issues facing their professions in the present day.

Mr. Mann and the other FASPE Seminary Fellows will begin orientation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City on June 16. They will be traveling with a similar group of FASPE Medical Fellows. Orientation will include visiting the Museum’s exhibits, meeting with Holocaust survivors, and working with FASPE staff and guest scholars. The first leg of the European portion will be in Poland, where Fellows will travel to Oświęcim, Poland, the town the Germans called Auschwitz, where they will tour Auschwitz-Birkenau and work with the distinguished educational staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Fellows will also travel to Krakow, where they will explore the city’s rich Jewish, Catholic, and Polish history. The final leg of the trip will be held in Berlin where they will have the opportunity to study the city’s historical and cultural sites. Educational workshops will take place at The Topography of Terror and the House of the Wannsee Conference, the site where representatives of State and Nazi Party agencies convened in 1942 to discuss and coordinate plans for the “Final Solution.”

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