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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Dachau Concentration Camp – Germany

I was visiting Germany and it was the first time I had ever visited a concentration camp. As I looked out the window of one of the barracks I couldn’t take my eyes off what I saw. It was a bronze sculpture made to look like barbed wire but the barbed wire was made to resemble the victims who died in the camp. It is the most powerful sculpture I have ever seen and something I will never forgot. To be in a place of so much pain is sobering and a reminder of a dark time in history. It’s an indescribable feeling to confront such a place but I think very necessary because it is my belief that “those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” (Churchill).

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