The story of Jewish Poland is ultimately the story of centuries of rich and meaningful life and traditions wiped out in just a few horrific years. Experience the few synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods which remain from before World War II. Visit Nazi death camps, meet with gentiles who risked everything to save Jewish lives, and take part in a moving ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Encounter the vibrant revival of Jewish life in today’s Poland. Join Holocaust historian and veteran tour educator Sara Pellach on this six-day study tour, offering a unique opportunity to retrace the history of Polish Jewry.
- The new Polin museum
- The Nozyk synagogue
- Lublin and the Majdanek death camp
- Belzec, Treblinka and Sobibor camps
- Tour of the Old City of Sukenitse in Krakow
- Podguza Ghetto and the Plaszow labor camp
- Meeting with a local gentile who saved Jews during the war
- Special memorial ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau
DAY 1: POLAND BETWEEN 2 WORLD WARS
- Learn about Poland between the World Wars, understand the political situation of a state that disappeared from Europe for 120 years and was built again after World War One.
- Visit places of Polish and Jewish interest in Warsaw, including the new Polin Museum n and the Museum of Polish uprising, the Jewish cemetery, the Ghetto Wall and the Nozyk synagogue.
- Tour the Polish Palace, the Old Town and the historical monuments in Warsaw.
DAY 2: GHETTO PERIOD 1939-1941. ESTABLISHING THE LABOR CAMPS
- Today’s emphasis will be on the first few years of the Nazi regime in Poland, the status of the Jews and the building of the Ghetto.
- Travel to Lublin. Visit the Majdaneck Death Camp.
- After a memorial ceremony, visit the Old Town of Lublin, including the local theater to learn about the Polish history of Lublin.
DAY 3: NAZI IDEOLOGY IS PRACTICED IN POLAND
Traveling to the Belzec Death Camp next to the eastern border of Poland, an area where the Nazis built a series of death camps: Belzec, Treblinka and Sobibor.
Continue via Galicia to Markowa, a small village where local Polish families saved Jews.
Arrive in Krakow, visit the Old town of Sukenitse, and the Jagiellonian University , the oldest in Europe
DAY 4: THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF POLAND – KRAKOW
- Start the day at the Wavel Hill where the city was founded.
- Continue to the Old City
- Visit the Ghetto area in Podguza, the Plaszow labor camp for Polish and foreign citizens. Meet with a local gentile who saved Jews during the war.
- Visit Kazimierz and see some of the synagogues which have been converted into museums
DAY 5: THE FINAL SOLUTION (AFTER THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE JANUARY, 1942)
Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, symbolizing the “Final Solution”, followed by memorial ceremony.
DAY 6: ANTISEMITISM IN POLAND AFTER THE WAR (KIELCE, JULY 1946)
On the way to Warsaw visit Kielce, site of the 1946 pogrom.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE DAY
- Visit the Rappaport monument and learn about the rebuilding of Warsaw after the war, the Communist Era and the Cold War.
- Transfer to airport for the return flight.
*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*