Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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Mountains of Shoes at Auschwitz-Birkenau

While studying abroad in Prague our program took a weekend trip to Krakow, Poland. While there we visited Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This was one of the most harrowing experiences on the trip and this photo I took of the piles of  shoes from the more than a million victims who were murdered there was one of my most haunting memories.

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