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Witness and Remembrance: Historic Learning and Preservation at Auschwitz

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Program #16732RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 2 — Sep 14, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, September 02 - Overnight flight to Berlin
In Transit: In flight.

Type: Hotel

Description: Bed-and-breakfast hotel Bar/lounge Parking (surcharge) 1 bottle of mineral water, Personal daily newspaper - complimentary TV room and Reading room 24-hour front desk Number of rooms: 35 Elevator/lift

Contact info:
Weserstr. 24
10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain
Berlin, 10247 Germany
phone: +49 030 293341 - 0
web: www.gold-hotel-berlin.de/index.html

Room amenities: Cable TV with remote control Radio Separate luggage store Telephone by the bed Sound-proofed windows, windows open Hairdryer Bathroom with bathtub Bathroom with shower Bathroom with window

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 03 - Arrive in Berlin. Berlin is also the nation's ca...
Arrive in Berlin. Berlin is also the nation's capital and dates back to the 13th century. Reset your internal travel clock with a day of light activities. Explore the Friedrichshain area, with its diverse inhabitants, coffee shops and restaurants.

Arrive To: Arrive in Berlin. Travelers on the Road Scholar flight will be greeted at the airport. We suggest independent travelers take a taxi from the Berlin-Tegel airport to the Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz. Price at the time of this writing was approx. 30 Euros.

Lunch: At local restaurant - depending on arrival times

Afternoon: Orientation walk through the Friedrichshain or Berlin center.

Dinner: At local restaurant

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Bed-and-breakfast hotel Bar/lounge Parking (surcharge) 1 bottle of mineral water, Personal daily newspaper - complimentary TV room and Reading room 24-hour front desk Number of rooms: 35 Elevator/lift

Contact info:
Weserstr. 24
10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain
Berlin, 10247 Germany
phone: +49 030 293341 - 0
web: www.gold-hotel-berlin.de/index.html

Room amenities: Cable TV with remote control Radio Separate luggage store Telephone by the bed Sound-proofed windows, windows open Hairdryer Bathroom with bathtub Bathroom with shower Bathroom with window

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 04 - Participants will visit the Topography of Terror ...
Participants will visit the Topography of Terror exhibit and the former site of the Berlin wall as well as Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Excursion to the Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) and visit to the Topography of Terror- an outdoor museum on the site of the former headquarters of the Gestapo and SS. Visit to one of the largest surviving segments of the Berlin Wall.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the Brandenburg Gate

Afternoon: Tour around Brandenburg Gate and visit Potsdamer Platz, the reunified city's new commercial centerpiece. One of Europe's busiest squares in the 1920's, and site of the world's first traffic light, the square was destroyed in WWII and become a no-man's land, bisected by the Wall during the Cold War. Potsdamer Platz in now home to the Berlin International Film Festival.

Dinner: At local restaurant

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Bed-and-breakfast hotel Bar/lounge Parking (surcharge) 1 bottle of mineral water, Personal daily newspaper - complimentary TV room and Reading room 24-hour front desk Number of rooms: 35 Elevator/lift

Contact info:
Weserstr. 24
10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain
Berlin, 10247 Germany
phone: +49 030 293341 - 0
web: www.gold-hotel-berlin.de/index.html

Room amenities: Cable TV with remote control Radio Separate luggage store Telephone by the bed Sound-proofed windows, windows open Hairdryer Bathroom with bathtub Bathroom with shower Bathroom with window

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, September 05 - Participants will visit the Wannsee Conference Me...
Participants will visit the Wannsee Conference Memorial House and the Jewish Museum

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Visit the Wannsee Conference Memorial House and Education Site where SS representatives met to discuss plans to implement the "Final Solution."

Lunch: at local restaurant.

Afternoon: (continued) Visit the Wannsee Conference Memorial House and Education Site where SS representatives met to discuss plans to implement the "Final Solution."

Dinner: at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Run by the Conference of the Catholic Church in Poland, organizes visits of the camp museum and service learning activities

Contact info:
Ul. M. Kolbiego, 1
Oswiecim, 32-602 Poland
phone: +48-33-843 10 00
web: www.centrum-dialogu.oswiecim.pl

Facility amenities: Private bathrooms in all hotel rooms, conference hall and meeting rooms, TV lounge, library, snack/coffee bar. Full board meal service with Polish cuisine. One shared computer terminal at the reception desk with internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Saturday, September 06 - Trasfer to Oswiecim for Service Program.
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Today will have a scenic drive from Berlin to Oswiecim/Auschwitz. (Oswiecim is sometimes still called Auschwitz, its German name, in reference to the Auschwitz concentration camp).

Lunch: en route

Afternoon: Arrive at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer. Orientation to Service Program.

Dinner: At the Center. While the evening meal in Poland sometimes consists of a cold entree, we have requested a hot meal for your arrival. Please note that alcoholic beverages are not available for purchase at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Run by the Conference of the Catholic Church in Poland, organizes visits of the camp museum and service learning activities

Contact info:
Ul. M. Kolbiego, 1
Oswiecim, 32-602 Poland
phone: +48-33-843 10 00
web: www.centrum-dialogu.oswiecim.pl

Facility amenities: Private bathrooms in all hotel rooms, conference hall and meeting rooms, TV lounge, library, snack/coffee bar. Full board meal service with Polish cuisine. One shared computer terminal at the reception desk with internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Sunday, September 07 - Excursion to Auschwitz Jewish Center and guided t...
Excursion to Auschwitz Jewish Center and guided tour of Auschwitz I - the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Center.

Morning: Presentation by staff member of Center for Dialogue and Prayer and excursion to Auschwitz Jewish Center to learn about Jewish life in Oswiecim prior to World War II.

Lunch: At Center. In Poland, the heaviest meal is served mid-day, and usually consists of a soup, salad, meat, and starch.

Afternoon: Guided visit to Auschwitz I. This tour takes approximately three hours. Personal headphones are provided to each participant to better hear the group leader.

Dinner: At the Center. Dinners are lighter than American meals. In the evenings, they may serve one hot dish (like a sausage or pierogies) with a side or two, or cold foods such as cold cuts, cheese, and bread.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Run by the Conference of the Catholic Church in Poland, organizes visits of the camp museum and service learning activities

Contact info:
Ul. M. Kolbiego, 1
Oswiecim, 32-602 Poland
phone: +48-33-843 10 00
web: www.centrum-dialogu.oswiecim.pl

Facility amenities: Private bathrooms in all hotel rooms, conference hall and meeting rooms, TV lounge, library, snack/coffee bar. Full board meal service with Polish cuisine. One shared computer terminal at the reception desk with internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Monday, September 08 - First day of service at the Jewish cemetery and a...
First day of service at the Jewish cemetery and a guided visit of Auschwitz II (Birkenau) - known as the extermination camp.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Center.

Morning: Orientation and service work at the Jewish Cemetery in Oswiecim. Help maintain this historic cemetery which was violated by the Nazis who removed stones to pave roads, for example. The cemetery is currently maintained by a part-time groundskeeper who needs help restoring the cemetery to an appropriate state to honor the memory of those who died. You may help cut away weeds that have encroached upon gravesites and assist with other landscaping projects.

Lunch: At the Center

Afternoon: Guided visit through the extermination camp (Auschwitz-Birkenau). This tour takes approximately three hours. Headphones are not available for this portion of the tour.

Dinner: At the Center

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Run by the Conference of the Catholic Church in Poland, organizes visits of the camp museum and service learning activities

Contact info:
Ul. M. Kolbiego, 1
Oswiecim, 32-602 Poland
phone: +48-33-843 10 00
web: www.centrum-dialogu.oswiecim.pl

Facility amenities: Private bathrooms in all hotel rooms, conference hall and meeting rooms, TV lounge, library, snack/coffee bar. Full board meal service with Polish cuisine. One shared computer terminal at the reception desk with internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 09 - Service work and tour of survivor's art installat...
Service work and tour of survivor's art installation at Harmeze Monastery.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Center

Morning: Complete the service work at the Jewish cemetery.

Lunch: at the Center

Afternoon: Visit of survior's art exhibition at the Harmeze monastery.

Dinner: In town, at the Hotel Galicjia, which once entertained French President Jacques Chirac.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Run by the Conference of the Catholic Church in Poland, organizes visits of the camp museum and service learning activities

Contact info:
Ul. M. Kolbiego, 1
Oswiecim, 32-602 Poland
phone: +48-33-843 10 00
web: www.centrum-dialogu.oswiecim.pl

Facility amenities: Private bathrooms in all hotel rooms, conference hall and meeting rooms, TV lounge, library, snack/coffee bar. Full board meal service with Polish cuisine. One shared computer terminal at the reception desk with internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Wednesday, September 10 - Service work and tour the National Exhibitions at...
Service work and tour the National Exhibitions at Auschwitz I and meeting with a special speaker on the Holocaust.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Center.

Morning: Help maintain the grounds at Auschwitz, to minimize the impact of over one million annual visitors. Take a self-guided tour of the National Exhibitions at Auschwitz I. Your service work may include sweeping paths, raking leaves, and removing debris. While these tasks may seem ordinary, know that you are making an extraordinary contribution to the local community as well as the broader community of Holocaust survivors. By performing even small tasks with care and reverence for those who died, you provide a living, contemplative witness to history. You are also demonstrating to the local community an ethic of volunteering. Few people spend more than a few hours at these sites; your program will allow you to spend several days. When weather interferes with our planned service, we will make every effort to reschedule service hours

Lunch: At the Center

Afternoon: Presentation by a special speaker knowledgeable about the Holocaust.

Dinner: At the Center

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Run by the Conference of the Catholic Church in Poland, organizes visits of the camp museum and service learning activities

Contact info:
Ul. M. Kolbiego, 1
Oswiecim, 32-602 Poland
phone: +48-33-843 10 00
web: www.centrum-dialogu.oswiecim.pl

Facility amenities: Private bathrooms in all hotel rooms, conference hall and meeting rooms, TV lounge, library, snack/coffee bar. Full board meal service with Polish cuisine. One shared computer terminal at the reception desk with internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Thursday, September 11 - Today will include the completion of service work...
Breakfast: At Center

Morning: Continue service work at Auschwitz and self-guided visits to National Exhibitions.

Lunch: At the Center

Afternoon: Presentation by archivist for Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Dinner: At the Center

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Main Market Square

Contact info:
ul. Œw.Tomasza 34
Krakow, 31-023 Poland
phone: +48 (012) 424 26 00
web: www.campanile.com.pl/krk_cmp_eng.html

Room amenities: A/C A bathroom with both bath & shower Automatic wake-up call A telephone with direct outside line connections Satellite TV and Canal + A work desk A computer socket for internet connections A Welcome Tray with a kettle, coffee, tea and biscuits

Facility amenities: Cafe Campanile on site

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $160/room for 1-2 people
Available upon request.


Day Eleven: Friday, September 12 - Travel to Krakow, Poland, visit the Galicia Jewis...
Breakfast: At the Center

Morning: Coach transfer to hotel in Krakow.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Walking tour of Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow.Visit to Galicia Jewish Museum.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Campanile Krakow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Main Market Square

Contact info:
ul. Œw.Tomasza 34
Krakow, 31-023 Poland
phone: +48 (012) 424 26 00
web: www.campanile.com.pl/krk_cmp_eng.html

Room amenities: A/C A bathroom with both bath & shower Automatic wake-up call A telephone with direct outside line connections Satellite TV and Canal + A work desk A computer socket for internet connections A Welcome Tray with a kettle, coffee, tea and biscuits

Facility amenities: Cafe Campanile on site

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $160/room for 1-2 people
Available upon request.


Day Twelve: Saturday, September 13 - Walking tour of the historic city center in Krako...
Breakfast: breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Walking tour of historic Krakow including the town square.

Lunch: lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to continue to explore and enjoy Krakow and the historic town square, shop for souvenirs or return to hotel to prepare for departure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at restaurant in the old city.

Lodging: Campanile Krakow

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, September 14 - Return to U.S.A.Participants departing independen...
Return to U.S.A.Participants departing independently may order a taxi from the Hotel Campanile.

Breakfast: At hotel (or bag breakfast for those departing before the breakfast service)

Morning: Transfer to Krakow airport for return to U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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