Programs for students
American Service Academies Program (ASAP)
The American Service Academies Program (ASAP) is a three-week educational initiative for a select group of cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
Launched in June 2004 with six students, the program has more than doubled in size to fourteen participants in 2010, including two cadets from the Honors’ Program at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Focusing on the Holocaust and related contemporary moral and ethical dilemmas, this in situ program not only educates students about the past, but also stimulates dialogue about its relationship to the present and the future. Throughout the program, the group works to gain a better understanding of pre-war Jewish life and its subsequent devastation.
The program begins in the US, where the cadets and midshipmen learn about the Holocaust and military ethics from scholars and exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. They meet with State Department experts on Holocaust issues, officers in the Pentagon’s War Plans Divisions, and Holocaust survivors.
Throughout their time in the cities of Poland, the cadets and midshipmen tour sites of Jewish heritage, meet with Polish military and civilian students, visit museums and memorials, meet with Polish Righteous among the Nations, and hear lectures on Polish-Jewish history. They also spend four days in Oświęcim (Auschwitz), where the bulk of their time is spent in the former camp of Auschwitz and the AJC, allowing them to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust from within its very walls. The final leg of the program is a study trip to south-eastern Poland (formerly Galicia), which includes a visit to Belzec, a death camp, and towns that had large pre-war Jewish populations and sites of Jewish memory.
Upon their return to the States, participants complete reflection essays and work within their school communities to teach about their experiences and the importance of Holocaust remembrance and ethical leadership.
Applications for ASAP 2010 are welcome.
Please download the form below and follow the enclosed instructions.
This program has been supported by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.