Understanding the international impact of genocide at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ref: 10002762


Third year Criminology students undertaking the International Perspectives module (CRIM3004) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Krakow is a beautiful medieval city and, as a UNESCO site, a popular tourist destination. It is also a student city placed at the hub of 20 universities which means it is bright and vibrant with plenty to do in the evening after a day experiencing local culture. This opportunity will give a more detailed appreciation of Human Rights, genocide and the spirit of international renewal and recovery post Holocaust.

The core opportunity is a guided six hour tour of Auschwitz- Birkenau which offers a unique, salutary and contextualising experience of the ten recognised characteristics of genocide, namely, classification, symbolisation, discrimination, dehumanisation, organisation, polarisation, preparation, persecution, extermination and denial.

Following that visit there will be discussions on a range of related topics influencing the forms of xenophobia, intolerance, prejudice, and persecution. These will be set against the contemporary global criminological trends identified and explored within DMU modules and including current issues of racial and sexual discrimination and the exploitation of and hostile reception to migrants within the EU.

Visits are also planned to Krakow’s Jewish Quarter and Schindler’s Factory Museum (including a visit to a synagogue and places related to the Schindler’s List movie) and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a World Heritage site which boasts huge chambers chiselled out in rock salt, underground saline lakes, and three kilometres of meandering corridors running 135 metres underground.

Cultural activities

Students will be able to explore Krakow independently which will not only contribute to their appreciation of the historical context of the Holocaust but also provide them with an understanding of the society of a former communist neo-democratic country.

These could include visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (Mocak), designed by Italian architect Claudio Nardi and built on the site of Oskar Schindler’s factory in the city’s post-industrial Zablocie district, and the Jagiellonian University Medical School Museum of Pharmacy, one of the largest museums of its kind in Europe and arguably the best.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

The visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Schindler’s Factory Museum and Wieliczka Salt Mine will be booked by the Faculty, and students will be required to pay before the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Polish immigration requirements.

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Poland and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Return date: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: Activities and visits (£70), UK and in-country transfers, food and drink and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 12 November 2018 9am