Hometown: Moundridge, Kansas
Alyssa Schrag presented her paper,
Peace or Persecution: Mennonite Involvement in the Holocaust, at the Kansas Association of Historians gathering in March 2012. Her paper stemmed out of a summer archival research position in Washington D.C.
- What brought you to Bethel?
- My family has a long history of attendance at Bethel, with my parents, grandma, aunts and uncles, and sister. Despite the fact that I tried to rebel and seriously considered EMU and Goshen, Bethel won out, mainly because of the volleyball program and the students and teachers.
- How were you selected to present your paper at the Kansas Association of Historians?
- Mark [Jantzen] pulled me aside one day after class and asked if I would be interested in applying. I agreed and sent in my abstract and they accepted!
- Can you tell us more about your summer archival research position in Washington D.C.?
- Well actually, the research that I did this summer was for the URICA grant I got from Bethel. I did research at the Southern District Court in New York City, the Holocaust Museum in D.C., and the National Archives in Maryland. At the court in New York, I looked over documents involved in the court case United States vs. Jack Reimer, and at the two archives I looked at microfilm documents about Wehrmacht (regular German army) or SS members. My overall experience was good, but challenging. It was kind of exciting to look at documents from such a monumental time in history.
- What were some of your favorite classes at Bethel and why?
- Well of course I enjoyed my history classes. I think the two that I enjoyed the most were Greece and Rome and Holocaust because these have always been the two time periods that interested me the most ever since I was little. But I actually also really enjoyed my literature classes with Amy and Nathan, Literature of the Nonwestern World and War Literature. Oh, and of course my art classes. Sculpture and painting were a blast!
- What will you miss the most about Bethel?
- My friends. I will definitely miss having my friends so close by. I don’t know what I will do next year without a whole community of other people my age where I can just walk to someone’s room to hang out!
- What does being a Thresher mean to you?
- To me being a Thresher means valuing hard work as well as community.