Auschwitz: Camp of Death

Stepping through the infamous gates of Auschwitz, the pall of gloom and oppression falls over you in an almost physical way.  The words over the gate, ARBEIT MACHT FREI, meaning “work sets you free,” cast a mocking eye over the rows of austere brick buildings used to house those lucky enough to be sentenced to slave […]

War Stories

Over the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to visit three different countries in which the United States has, one way or another, been involved in a war.  Japan, whose horrifying devastation brought a swift end to World War II; Korea, which is divided to this day along geographic, political, and cultural lines; and […]

Peace in Colombia

Colombia, unfortunately, has long been a country beset by violence.  The most notorious era of Colombia’s past, most recently brought into the spotlight by Netflix’s Narcos, was Pablo Escobar’s reign of drug trafficking, kidnapping, ransom, and murder.  Rising to power in the 1970’s, Escobar built a network that eventually provided over 80% of the United States’ cocaine […]