Bridge To Poland Trip 2018
July 28-August 4, 2018 (Before the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference to be held in Warsaw)
Arrival. (Participants are responsible for arriving in Kraków. There are flights from the United States to Balice airport in Kraków). Introductory dinner. Early to bed.
We explore Kraków’s rich history, as we walk through Wawel Castle, the Market Square and Kazimierz, the former Jewish district. In the afternoon, you have free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening, we tour the Galicia Jewish Museum’s (http://www.galiciajewishmuseum.org/en) collection of photographs.
After stopping at the Umschalgplatz in Kraków (the spot where Jews were gathered before deportation) we spend the day in the labor and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau that is about an hour and a half outside of Kraków. On the way, we stop at the site of the camp Płaszów, the camp featured in Schindler’s List. Dinner on your own.
Departure for Lublin. On the way to Lublin, we stop in the small town of Chmielnik where there is a restored synagogue that has been turned into a museum of pre-war Jewish life.
We spend the morning at Brama Grodzka/Teatr NN, with our hosts while in Lublin. First we have a tour of the Brama Grodzka exhibition exhibition dedicated to preserving the memory of the Jews of Lublin. Then, after a short break, we see a presentation about the online activities of Brama Grodzka. After lunch, we tour Jewish Lublin with photographs from pre-war Lublin for us to understand how the Lublin of today differs from that of yesterday. Then you have the option to tour a renovated printing house with a fascinating history or have free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening our host, Witek Dąbrowski performs his one-man interpretation of an Isaac Bashevis Singer story, plunging us back to the world of Jewish Poland a 100 years ago. Dinner at a Jewish-themed restaurant.
We have a meeting to learn about contemporary Jewish life in Warsaw. We then explore Jewish Warsaw on foot and by bus with our guide. We see the few pieces of the ghetto that remain and discuss that fact that many living on top of what was once the Warsaw Ghetto are totally unaware of where they are living. We will meet with people to talk about Jewish-non-Jewish relations today in Poland.
We will tour contemporary Warsaw by bus and by foot and learn about the general history of the city. The trip ends after lunch.
For more information contact Leora Tec.