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75th Anniversary
of the Liquidation
of the Łódź Ghetto

August 25 — September 1, 2019

EMBARK ON AN UNFORGETTABLE COMMEMORATIVE JOURNEY

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites you to participate in a special visit commemorating the 75th anniversary of the final liquidation of the Łódź ghetto and the 15th anniversary of the creation of Survivors’ Park and the Righteous Among the Nations Monument in Łódź.

 

Prior to World War II, Łódź, known as the City of Four Cultures, was home to Poland’s second-largest Jewish community, and many Polish-Jewish survivors continued to live there after the war. In 1989, with the fall of Communism, the Jewish community in Łódź began to grow again.

Please join us in paying respect to the victims and their families and in honoring the survivors and the righteous.


Co-organizers of the commemorative events are: the City of Łódź, the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź, and the Jewish Community of Łódź.

Łódź Ghetto

The ghetto was created on February 8, 1940, and by April 30 of that year, it was closed off and isolated form the rest of the city. It was the longest functioning ghetto on Polish territory – in operation until 1940. About 200,000 people passed through the Łódź ghetto. While the most of them were from Łódź, as the war progressed, about 20,000 Jews from Western Europe were deported to the Łódź ghetto, and in 1942, Jews still able to work were brought in from ghettos in the vicinity that had been liquidated. The ghetto witnessed two waves of deportations: January to May 1942 and September 1942. Liquidation of the ghetto began in June 1944.

The Survivors’ Park and the Righteous Among the Nations Monument in Łódź

On the initiative of the Mayor of  Łódź in year 2004, there was commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the annihilation of the Jewish Community. Planting memorial trees by the survivors of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto was one of the important elements of this event. The idea was brought forth by one of the survivors — Halina Elczewska.
The Survivors Park spreads over 8,5 hectares and its axis of composition runs from East to West linking the Monument Honoring Poles who Saved Jews During the Second World War with the Memorial Mound.
The monument, designed by Czesław Bielecki, composes of Jewish symbol-Star of David and Polish symbol – a hovering eagle.

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Expert guided tours through:

Warsaw: The Phoenix City; Łódź: The City of Four Cultures; Kraków: The Ancient Capital; and Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Museum

Online genealogical consultations prior to or after the tour

Curator-led tours

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the exhibition of the Ringelblum Archives at the Jewish Historical Institute

Access to all events

Of the 75th Anniversary
of the liquidation of the Łódź Ghetto

itinerary
Subject to change

WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY 

 Your tour will begin in Warsaw, the nation’s capital. After being 90% leveled to the ground by the Germans in World War II, the city was rebuilt from ruins by the postwar Communist government. Today, Warsaw is a thriving and vibrant city, often spoken of as the “next Berlin,” reflecting the resurgence of the Polish economy over the past 28 years. Here you will be introduced to Poland’s history and tradition, as well as to contemporary life and culture. 

 

Arrival in Warsaw 

 

Suggested time of arrival by 1:00 pm 

 

Private transfers from the airport or train station to the Sofitel Hotel provided by Taube Jewish Heritage Tours

 

Check in, Hotel Sofitel Victoria

A modern luxury hotel situated among Warsaw’s historic and cultural attractions, just a stone’s throw from the Old Town, the Royal Palace and the National Opera House. You will find museums, galleries, jewelry, restaurants, and cafes in both directions

 

Check-in time: 2:00  pm

 

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 and Taube Center’s staff at the JCC Warsaw

 

7:30 pm Dinner with special guests at 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

 

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 to the POLIN Museum by a senior representative, followed by light lunch

 

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

 

Dinner on your own

 

Free evening in Warsaw 

 

Overnight in Warsaw 

WARSAW–ŁÓDŹ: THE PROMISED LAND

 

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Check out. Your suitcases will be loaded on the bus and travel with you to Łódź.

 

10:30 am Coach to the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute 

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm 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 WWII.

 

12:30 pm Departure via air-conditioned coach to Łódź (an approx. 2-hour drive)

 

Boxed lunch provided

 

2:30 pm Arrival in Łódź to attend the events of the 75th anniversary of the final liquidation of the Łódź ghetto.

 

ŁÓDŹ – Once known for its booming textile industry, called the Manchester of the East, Łódź was an industrial “promised land” of opportunities for Poles, Jews, and Germans in the 19th century. Today, the city is searching for its new character and identity after the fall of Communism and its lapse into an economic downturn. The center of the city, which survived World War II mostly unscathed, is filled with eclectic architecture of industrial moguls’ palaces and villas located right next to vast complexes of textile factories and the city’s poorest districts.  The famous Radegast Holocaust Memorial complex is a reminder of the Łódź ghetto, the longest-lasting ghetto in occupied Poland. The city has been nicknamed HollyŁódź for its famous film school, which shaped such renowned directors as Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Krzysztof Zanussi, not to mention a number of acclaimed cinematographers. The city was the birthplace of the legendary pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, as well as the world-renowned contemporary architect, David Libeskind.

 

Check in, The Vienna House Andel’s Łódź
The hotel is impressive in all regards: historic red brick facade, remarkable location, housed in a former weaving mill on the grounds of Manufaktura, the city’s premiere shopping, arts, and cultural center. The unique architecture is a skillful combination of colors and forms, design and material, warmth and hospitality.

 

Free time

 

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Guided walking tour of Jewish Łódź

 

75th anniversary of the final liquidation of the Łódź ghetto events

 

6:00 pm Film premiere of Livin Richard, a Swedish film about Richard Raszewski, followed by a book launch.

Venue: Marek Edelman’s Center

Wojska Polskiego 83 St.

 

Dinner

 

Overnight in Łódź

ŁÓDŹ: SURIVORS’ PARK

 

 

Breakfast in the hotel

 

9:00 am Walking tour of Survivors‘ Park

 

11:00 am Memorial Trees certificate-giving ceremony at Survivors‘ Park

 

12:00 pm Concert of the Łódź Children’s Choir for Survivors

Venue: Marek Edelman’s Center

Wojska Polskiego 83 St.

 

1:30 pm Lunch

 

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Guided walking tour of the former Łódź ghetto

Free time

 

6:00 pm – Film screening of My Happiest Day. Meeting with Marian Turski.

Marian Turski was born in 1926 in Łódź; his birth name was Moshe Turbowicz. The Germans invaded Poland in 1939, and in 1940, Moshe, his parents Eliasz and Helena Rachel, and his younger brother Wolf, were forced into the Łódź ghetto. Moshe attended the ghetto high school and joined a Communist youth group. In August 1944, the Turbowicz family was deported to the Auschwitz killing center, where Moshe’s father and most likely his brother were murdered upon arrival. He was later transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp, and was liberated at Theresienstadt after surviving a death march from Buchenwald. Moshe returned to Łódź, where he was reunited with his mother. Later he married Halina, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto. Since the end of World War II, Marian Turski has had a distinguished career in Poland as a journalist and Jewish activist.

Venue: Marek Edelman’s Center

Wojska Polskiego 83 St.

 

Dinner

 

8:00 pm Concert  

Venue: New Theater

Więckowskiego 15 St.

 

Overnight in Łódź

 

ŁÓDŹ: 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FINAL LIQUIDATION OF THE ŁÓDŹ GHETTO

 

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Free time

 

11:00 am Lighting candles at the Jewish Cemetery

Venue: Jewish cemetery

Bracka 40 St.

 

12:00 pm March of Remembrance from Jewish cemetery to Radegast Station

Route: Bracka St – Zagajnikowa St.– Pamięci Ofiar Getta Litzmannstadt Avenue

 

12:30 pm Official ceremony at the Radegast Station (laying wreaths)

 

Lunch

 

Free time

 

Dinner

 

8:00 pm We long For a Home… – jazz concert inspired by the music played between 1945–1949 by artist-survivors of the Łódź ghetto who created The Happy Boys band.

 

Venue: Outdoors

Marek Edelman Center

 

Overnight in Łódź

ŁÓDŹ – AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU – KRAKÓW

Early breakfast in the hotel

 

6:30 am Departure via coach to Auschwitz-Birkenau (an approx. 4-hour drive)

 

10:30 am Arrival in Auschwitz I

 

10:45 am – 1:00 pm Study tour of Auschwitz I, concluding with a visit to Block 27, curated by Yad Vashem 

 

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Break. Boxed lunch provided

 

1:45 pm– 3:45 pm Study tour of Birkenau

 

4:00 pm Drive to Kraków (an approx. 90-minute drive)

 

5:30 pm Check in, Holiday Inn hotel

The hotel is right in the historical center of Kraków, less than a ten-minute walk from both the Main Square and the Jewish Quarter.

 

Free time

Optional Shabbat services

 

8:00 pm Shabbat dinner with the Jewish community of Kraków hosted by JCC Kraków 

 

Overnight in Kraków

KRAKÓW: ANCIENT CAPITAL

The historical capital of Poland, miraculously saved from destruction during centuries of wars and turmoil, is replete with numerous medieval, renaissance, and baroque churches, synagogues, and other architectural marvels. Krakow was once an important center of European Jewry, particularly the Progressive movement, and now is one of the main centers of Jewish renewal in Poland. Visitors and locals alike are drawn to the Old Town of Krakow, the former Jewish district of Kazimierz, and the district of Podgorze, where the Jewish ghetto was established during the war. Krakow, with its seven remaining synagogues and other reminders of Polish Jewish heritage, is both a living memorial and a beacon for the future.

 

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Optional Shabbat services

 

11:00 am Tour of Kazimierz, Jewish quarter of Krakow, a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Guided visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum, an introduction into the heart of prewar Galicia, and meeting with the director. 

 

1:30 pm Lunch at Cheder Café

 

2:45 pm Tour of Kraków Old Town

 

Free time

 

Summary of the experience

 

Farewell dinner

 

Overnight in Kraków

DEPARTURES

 

Breakfast in the hotel 

 

Check out

 

Departures on September 1 organized by TJHT

Register today

Registration deadline is April 22, 2019

USD 2,650*

PLN 10,097

Per person
Double occupancy

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Four-star hotel accommodations in Warsaw and Kraków
  • Includes most meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Access to all events of the 75th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Łódź Ghetto
  • Full-time tour program coordinator
  • Online genealogical consultations prior to or after the tour
  • Curator-led visit to the world-renown POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the exhibition of selections from the Ringelblum Archives at the Jewish Historical Institute

USD 3,180*

PLN 12,117

Per person
single occupancy

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Four-star hotel accommodations in Warsaw and Kraków
  • Includes most meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Access to all events of the 75th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Łódź Ghetto
  • Full-time tour program coordinator
  • Online genealogical consultations prior or after the tour
  • Curator-led visit to the world-renown POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the exhibition of selections from the Ringelblum Archives at the Jewish Historical Institute