JOURNEY THROUGH JEWISH POLAND

Roots, Resilience, and Renewal

Exclusive tour led by renowned scholar 

Prof. Deborah E. Lipstadt

Sunday, June 23 — Sunday, June 30, 2019

Scholar-in-Residence

Prof. Deborah E. Lipstadt

Historian Deborah Lipstadt is the acclaimed author of Denying the Holocaust (1993); History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005); and The Eichmann Trial (2011). She is the protagonist of the feature film Denial (2016), a fact-based courtroom drama that recreates the famous libel suit she won against British Holocaust denier David Irving.

Join us for an experience of a lifetime!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scholar-led guided tours: Warsaw: The Phoenix City; Lodz: The City of Four Cultures; the former shtetls of Lancut and Tarnow; and Krakow: The Royal Capital
  • Scholar-led tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Holocaust memorial sites
  • Curator-led visits to the world-renowned POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and other museums
  • VIP access to the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, the world’s largest festival of its kind
  • Online genealogical consultations prior to or after the tour (live consultation on request)
  • Meetings with Jewish community members, Israeli and U.S. embassy representatives, and government offŠcials
  • Shabbat dinner at the Krakow JCC with 700+ guests from Poland and around the world

Trip Co-Chairs: Riva Berelson and Sean Taube, of the San Francisco Bay Area

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ITINERARY
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY 

Arrival in Warsaw 

 

Suggested time of arrival time by 1:00 pm 

We recommend arriving on Saturday, June 22, to mitigate jet lag

 

Private transfers from the airport or train station to the Hotel Bristol provided by TJHT

 

Check-in time: 2:00 pm 
Bristol hotel,
founded 1901 by Ignacy Paderewski – world recognized composer and piano virtuoso, the Hotel Bristol has been at the heart of Poland’s rich history and international cultural life. Following a meticulous and extensive restoration, the Hotel Bristol offers a mesmerizing experience, reminiscent of Warsaw’s Belle Époque from the beginning of 20th century coupled with contemporary comforts and conveniences, keeping its tradition of a unique, luxurious masterpiece with artistic spirit.

 

Time to refresh and relax

 

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town 

 

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Orientation with tour hosts, scholar-in-residence and Taube Center’s staff at the JCC Warsaw

 

7:30 pm Dinner with special guests at the JCC Warsaw

 

Leisurely walk back to the hotel

 

Overnight in Warsaw 

WARSAW: 1,000 YEARS OF JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND 

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

9:00 am – 10:30 am Framing the day session with scholar-in-residence

 

10:45 am Coach to the Umschlagplatz Monument, commemorating the 300,000 Jews deported from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka 

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Guided walking tour from the Umschlagplatz following the Route of Martyrdom and Struggle, which includes Mila 18 and the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews 

 

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Welcome by a POLIN Museum with a senior representative followed by light lunch in the POLIN Museum 

 

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm A curator-led tour through the Core Exhibition, “1,000 Years of Polish-Jewish History” 

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Post-visit Q&A session with curator over coffee and tea 

 

Return to the hotel and free time or pre-scheduled genealogy sessions

 

7:00 pm Dinner with special guests

 

Free evening in Warsaw 

Overnight in Warsaw 

LODZ: THE CITY OF FOUR CULTURES

Early breakfast in the hotel

 

8:30 am Departure via air-conditioned coach to Lodz (an approx. 2-hour drive)

 

Framing the day session with scholar-in-residence on the coach

 

10:30 am Arrival in Lodz

 

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Introductory session at the Marek Edelman Center for Dialogue with the Director; followed by a tour of the Survivors Park is the newest public garden in Łódź.

 

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch in Lodzin Manufaktura

 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Guided walking tour of Jewish Lodz, the former Ghetto and the Radegast Memorial.

 

5:00 pm Return to Warsaw via coach (an approx. 2-hour drive)

 

7:00 pm Arrival in Warsaw

 

Free Evening/ Dinner on your own. A list of recommended restaurants will be provided in your welcome packets.

 

Overnight in Warsaw

WARSAW – KRAKOW: THE PAST INFORMS THE PRESENT 

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

Check out.

Your suitcases will be loaded on the bus and travel directly to your hotel in Krakow. Please have a carry-on or a purse with you.

 

Coach to the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute 

 

9:00 am – 10:30 am Visit to the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute with a private viewing of the new permanent exhibition that tells the story of the hidden archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, which were collected by Jewish researchers imprisoned in the ghetto, hidden underground, and rescued after WII.

 

11:00 am First classexpress train to Krakow (an approx. 2 hour 30 minute ride). Lunch served on the train.

 

1:30 pm Arrival in Krakow

 

Coach to the hotel

 

Check-in, Stary Hotel and time to refresh 

 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Introductory walking tour of Krakow Old Town moving towards Kazimierz the Jewish Quarter.

 

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Early dinner in Kazimierz

 

7:00 pm Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue

 

Reserved seating 

 

Walk back to the hotel

 

Overnight in Krakow 

 

KRAKOW: THE ROYAL CITY 

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

9:00 am Framing the day session with scholar-in-residence

 

10:00 am Tram to Kazimierz

 

Tour of Kazimierz, Jewish quarter of Krakow, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The tour includes visiting 3 out of the remaining synagogues and the Remuh cemetery.

Guided visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum, an entry in to the heart of prewar Galicia, and meeting with the director. 

 

12:30 pm Lunch at JCC Krakow and meeting its director 

 

Afternoon tour of Podgorze, the former ghetto district of Krakow

 

Return to the hotel 

 

Dinner on your own

 

7:00 pm Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue 

 

Overnight in Krakow 

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU: INTO THE HEART OF DARKNESS 

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

Framing the day session on the bus

 

7:45 am Early departure for Auschwitz-Birkenau via air-conditioned coach

 

9:30 am – 2:00 pm Study tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau concluding with a visit to Block 27, curated by Yad Vashem 

 

3:30 pm Return to Krakow

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Reflection session 

 

Free time 

 

6:00 pm Krakow Jewish Culture Festival concert at the Tempel Synagogue 

 

Shabbat services (optional) 

 

9:00 pm Shabbat dinner with the Jewish community of Krakow and 700+ guests from Poland and around the world hosted by the JCC Krakow 

 

Overnight in Krakow 

KRAKOW – LANCUT – TARNOW: MEMORY & HERITAGE PRESERVATION

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

Framing the day session on the bus

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Drive from Krakow to Lancut (an approx. 2-hour drive) 

 

12:00 pm Visit the Łańcut Synagogue, a Baroque synagogue and a rare surviving example of the four-pillar, vaulted synagogues popular from the sixteenth through the early nineteenth centuries.

 

Lunch in Lancut

 

1:00 pm Drive to Tarnow (approx. 1-hour drive)

 

2:00 pm Visit to Tarnow

Tarnów’s vibrant Jewish community included large numbers of both Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, and the city remains a pilgrimage site for many modern Hasidic Jews. On the day WWII broke out in Europe there were about 25,000 Jews living in Tarnów, making up about 45% of the city’s population. Between June 1942 and September 1944 virtually the entire Jewish population of Tarnów was either shot or deported – almost certainly to their deaths, ending almost exactly 500 years of Jewish cultural life in the city. 

 

3:30 pm Return by coach to Krakow (an approx. 1-hour drive) 

 

4:30 pm Arrival in Krakow

 

Time to refresh

 

6:00 pm Closing session

 

7:00 pm Farewell dinner 

 

9:00 pm VIP reception with an overview on Szeroka Street 

 

6:00 pm – 1:00 am Shalom on Szeroka Street: Finale Concert of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival.

A six-hour, outdoor concert with 30,000 participants, featuring the Festival’s major musical ensembles and soloists. 

 

Overnight in Krakow

DEPARTURES FROM KRAKOW  

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

Check out

 

Departures on June 30 organized by TJHT

TOTAL COST (8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)

Deadline for registration: February 15, 2019

Price per person

Double occupancy
$ 4,900 PLN 18,689
  • Renowned scholar-in-residence
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Warsaw and Krakow
  • VIP access to all events of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival
  • Private meetings and briefings
  • Ground transfers and transportation
  • Full breakfast buŽffet daily
  • Experienced guides
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Full-time tour manager
  • And much more!

Price per person

Single occupancy
$ 5,980 PLN 22,428
  • Renowned scholar-in-residence
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Warsaw and Krakow
  • VIP access to all events of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival
  • Private meetings and briefings
  • Ground transfers and transportation
  • Full breakfast buŽffet daily
  • Experienced guides
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Full-time tour manager
  • And much more!

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