Coulehan’s second study abroad experience had a completely different composition.
UC electronic media professor Hagit Limor is the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor.
The concentration camp in Poland was liberated 75 years ago this week. As fewer survivors of the Holocaust remain, it becomes ever more vital for younger generations to continue telling stories about the atrocities committed during such a bleak moment in history.
Limor received grant funding in 2017 to develop a multimedia biographical project titled Moniek’s Legacy, which includes a 360-degree virtual reality retelling of her father’s experiences during the Holocaust.
As part of the grant, Limor taught a course this past fall on media topics through the lens of her father’s story.
Fifteen students from across campus, including acting, e-media, history, political science, international affairs, geography and journalism majors, read through a manuscript about Moniek’s experience during the Holocaust. Then, throughout the semester, the students broke up into teams, with pairings working on a documentary, a podcast and the virtual reality experience. The course was punctuated by a mid-semester study abroad trip to important Holocaust historical sites and locations specific to Moniek’s life in Germany and Poland.
Coulehan immediately knew that participating in Moniek’s Legacy was a rare opportunity. When she received an email from one of her acting professors announcing the course, she sat down during her first break that day to apply.
Just four days later, over 100 students were vying for the 15 spots. Coulehan was the only acting major who was interviewed, and describes herself as “really lucky” to be one of the chosen students for the program.
Throughout her study abroad experience this fall, she and the group visited concentration camps and sites of importance to Limor’s family history.