Dates: Friday, August 3 or Sunday, August 12

Meeting point: lobby of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre on Grzybowska 63 street

Transportation:  Coach

Price: 600 PLN/person; lunch included

Number of people: max 25 people, min 10

Led by a professional guide and accompanied by a TJHT staff member throughout the tour

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JULY 20, 2018. The tour will not take place if a minimum of 10 participants is not achieved by July 20, 2018 and the fees will be fully reimbursed.

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites participants of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy for a visit to Treblinka and Tykocin.


The day will begin at the Umschlagplatz, from where more than 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto were deported to Treblinka. More Jews were killed in Treblinka than in any other Nazi extermination camp with the exception of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Treblinka was built with the sole purpose of the extermination of Polish Jewry and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II. The camp operated was active between July 23, 1942 and October 19, 1943 as part of Operation Reinhard, the deadliest phase of the Final Solution that brought destruction of all Jewish communities in Poland.

During this time, it is estimated that between 700,000 and 900,000 Jews were killed in its gas chambers including 2,000 Romani people.  It is believed that fewer than 70 people survived Treblinka, mostly participants of a rebellion and subsequent escape of August 2, 1943. The site is now a memorial in a form of a field of stones, each bearing a name of a town from which the Jews were brought to Treblinka. A moment for personal and group reflection at the site will conclude the visit.

A quiet ride of 60 miles through the Polish countryside will take us to the town of Tykocin, a small town in the Podlasie province of Poland. Known as Tiktyn in Yiddish, the town was located on prosperous trading routes. One of the primary goods produced were tallitot/talisim/praywer shawls. Tykocin lost its importance and status of a textile production’s center to Bialystok, which experienced rapid growth in the 19th century, while Tykocin remained a small town.

The first Jews settled in Tykocin in 1522 when the town’s owner, Olbracht Gasztołd, brought in 10 families from Grodno (now Hrodna in Belarus) and permitted them to build a synagogue, establish a cemetery, and practice their trades. Of Tykocin’s community there remains a brick synagogue built in 1642 in Baroque style, to replace an earlier wooden one. It is the second largest surviving synagogue in the country after the synagogue of Dabrowa Tarnowska in southern Poland. In the 1970s the Tykocin’s synagogue was restored and currently houses a Judaica museum. We will also visit the Tykocin castle, which was recently reconstructed on the foundations of the 16th century royal castle of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund Augustus.

Highlights include:

  • Umschlagplatz
  • Visit to the Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka
  • Visit to Tykocin, including visit to the Museum the remains a restored synagogue and the cemetery
  • Tour of Tykocin castle



  • Early breakfast in the hotel
  • 8:00 am early departure via coach to Treblinka (an approx. 90-minute drive)
  • Framing the day session with the guide on the coach
  • 10:00 am Arrival in Treblinka
  • 10:15 am – 11:45 am Visit to the Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka, including viewing the memorial dedicated to the victims
  • 12:00 pm Drive to Tykocin (an approx. 1-hour drive)
  • 1:00 pm Arrival in Tykocin
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch in Tykocin
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tour of Tykocin and the Tykocin Synagogue, now a museum
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Tour of the Tykocin castle
  • 4:00 pm Drive to Warsaw (an approx. 3-hour drive)
  • 7:00 pm Arrival in Warsaw

Free Evening/ Dinner on your own. List of recommended restaurants will be provided.

Dates: Thursday, August 2 or Friday, August 3 or Sunday, August 12

Transportation:  Coach

Price: 600 PLN/person; lunch included

Number of people: max 25 people, min 10

Led by a professional guide and accompanied by a TJHT staff member throughout