Join us in exploring the history of the former Warsaw Ghetto!
Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites participants of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw, for a journey through the Warsaw Ghetto.
Our tour begins at the Umschlagplatz. It was from this square, starting on July 22, 1942 (which coincided with the Jewish fast of Tisha B’Av) that Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto were transported to the extermination camp at Treblinka. We continue on the Memorial Route of Martyrdom and Struggle of the Jews, which runs from the Umschlagplatz to the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto Uprising. It is lined with blocks of black stone with the names of individuals, events and places in the Warsaw Ghetto. The tour continues towards the Willy Brandt Monument located in Willy Brandt Square until we reach the POLIN Musuem Plaza. The museum, situated on the plaza vis-a-vis the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial, creates a dynamic historical complex which memorializes the past and honors 1,000 years of the Polish Jewish experience. The site, after the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto was turned into a concentration camp, the so-called Gęsiówka. The tour end with a walk through postwar Muranow, a district constructed on the rubble of prewar city in the late 1940s and 1950s, that shows how Communists envisaged an ideal city for the working class.
- On July 22, 1942, purposely chosen to coincide with Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av, transports of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the extermination camp began. Everyday 5,000 to 7,000 people were sent to meet their deaths in the gas chambers of Treblinka.
- The Memorial Route of Martyrdom and the Struggle, designed and put up in the 1980s introduces some of the heroes of the Ghetto Uprising.
- The Bunker on Mila 18, in which Mordechai Anielewicz with the most of the ŻOB insurgents perished on May 8.
- Memorial Plaza including the 1946 Memorial, the Rappaport Memorial, the monument to Zegota, Jan Karski memorial statute and Irena Sendlerowa Way
- Gęsiówka Concentration Camp site. The Nazis set up the Konzentrationslager Warschau commonly referred to as “Gęsiówka” concentration camp on the ruins of the Ghetto in August 1943. Some 10,000 Jews from Greece, France and Hungary, brought from Auschwitz, were housed in the barracks. It was liberated on August 5, 1944 as one of the first actions during the Warsaw Uprising, and 348 remaining prisoners joined the fight against the Germans.
- Muranów. The northern portion of Warsaw’s center, that formed the rump ghetto at the moment of outbreak of the Ghetto Uprising in 1943, was literally leveled to ground. The Communist authorities decided in the first postwar years, that a new model of social housing should be erected on the rubble. The socialist-realist buildings now are standing above the obliterated Jewish Warsaw, and the story of the district interweaves the vanished past with the present, a new city built on the ruins of prewar Warsaw.
Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is pleased to take you on this special journey of discovery.