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Trip Organizer Says Palestinian Students Went to Auschwitz to Learn About ‘The Other’

by Joshua Levitt

On Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday, The Atlantic magazine published the back story to an unusual student trip to Auschwitz, in March, organized by al-Quds University Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, who was attacked by the Arab media and Palestinian Authority figures for teaching the Jewish Holocaust to the 27 students that went to see the Nazi concentration camp with their own eyes.

The Atlantic published an Op-Ed written by Zeina Barakat, a doctoral candidate at Friedrich Schiller University, in Jena, Germany, who was mentored in the American Studies department by Daoudi, with whom she co-authored a Holocaust curriculum created for Palestinian students. Barakat was also the coordinator for the trip that brought 27 Palestinian students to bear witness to the Jewish Holocaust at the camp.

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