The World That Was
Poland Tour of Remembrance
May 24th - May 28th, 2019
Friday, May 24
We will begin our tour with an introductory lecture to Polish Jewish history, with Rabbi David. We will enjoy a Shabbat dinner together.
Saturday, May 25
We will take a walking tour of Krakow, including Oskar Schindler's factory, Krakow Ghetto, Old Town Krakow and Kazimierz Jewish District.
We will meet with a Righteous Gentile.
Sunday, May 26
We will visit Auschwitz I and the museum of genocide. See the piles of belongings of those who were gassed. Look through the book of the names and history of 4,200,000 of the Nazi's victims. We will also visit Birkenau, the "Jewish Auschwitz." Stand where the infamous selection was conducted by Dr. Josef Mengele. Witness the horrifying living conditions.
Monday, May 27
After breakfast, we will see the tiny underground bunker in Czestochowa, where Jews hid for 11 days in order to avoid Nazi deportation. We will then drive to Lodz's Jewish cemetery, which is Europe's largest Jewish cemetery. There, we will visit the tribute to Bnei Akiva (a Zionist youth movement) and the six empty mass graves. We will visit the Lodz Ghetto, where the Judenrat demanded parents to hand over their children to the Nazis. We will enter the Radegast cattle car and hear of the road to agony.
We will then take the one hour journey to Chelmno, the first Nazi extermination camp - where diesel from the exhaust pipe of a truck was used to gas approximately 300,000 Jews. Then we will visit Dabie, a shtetl where the shul now serves as a Polish apartment building.
Tuesday, May 28
Transfers to WAW Warsaw Chopin Airport.
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Rabbi David Abrahamovitz
Born in Toronto, Canada, David has been living in Israel since 2004. Over the last decade, he has been teaching Bible Studies and Jewish Law in Jerusalem. David studied Jewish history throughout his life and all four of his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Nonetheless, only after his first visit to Poland did he begin to comprehend the enormity of Polish Jewish history and the Holocaust.
Since 2007, he has led many successful Poland tours for participants from all over the globe, and from many different backgrounds. His trips are educational and meaningful. His guiding is informative and always enthused with passion.
David lives with his wife and children in Ramat Beit Shemesh.
Life experiences shape our personalities and subsequently change our lives. Today, a Jewish history Poland trip is an inspirational and enriching experience. As we appreciate and celebrate what was built, and acknowledge and comprehend what was lost, our appreciation for the land and the people of Israel is multiplied exponentially.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is geared towards Christians who would like a better understanding of the Jewish Holocaust. The tour is guided by an Orthodox Rabbi and is recommended for adults, and for young adults above the age of 16.
How do we meet up in Poland?
Our tour begins in Krakow. We will meet in the arrivals terminal of Krakow's John Paul II International Airport (KRK) on Friday, May 24th at 3:30 pm. (Your flight must arrive by 2:30 pm.) PLEASE NOTE: Our trip concludes in Warsaw on Tuesday, May 28th.
Our touring concludes in a different city, Warsaw, the evening of Monday, May 27th, and we will overnight there that night with breakfast included the morning of May 28th. You will have all day May 28th to fly out.
If you arrive in Poland prior to the tour, and your hotel is within reasonable distance from where our tour begins, we will pick you up from your hotel.
If you require accommodations or logistical assistance before or after the trip, please contact David Abrahamovitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Transportation in Poland
We travel on a beautiful coach bus, to ensure you are comfortable throughout our travels. Our bus screens appropriate movies and has reclining seats.
Rest and comfort are essential. Our fine hotels are all very comfortable and impeccably clean. Their desirable locations enrich our tour.
We provide 3 delicious meals a day.
Prior to our trip, our participants should arrange their own medical/travel insurance.
Participants individually arrange for and pay for their own flights.
The all-inclusive tour land cost is $1020 USD.
Your spot is reserved upon paying the down-payment of $450USD. The deadline for submitting the down-payment is February 15th. The deadline for submitting the balance of the payment is March 8th.
*The single room supplement fee is $250 USD.
Please note down-payments are nonrefundable.
In the event that the balance has been paid:
- Cancellations more than 60 days prior to tour – 90% of balance returned.
- Cancellations between 30 to 60 days prior to tour – 50% of balance returned.
- Cancellations less than 30 days prior to tour – no refunds.
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