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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.
How best to remember one of the most unforgettable horrible chapters in human history? For Holocaust survivors, part of the answer is to preserve the memories of the genocide that killed six million European Jews — as well as Roma, people with disabilities, and others — so that the legacy of those who died will live on. Join expert lecturers for discussions of the historical circumstances and ideology that led to the rise of Nazism. Learn about Jewish life in Poland before the war, confront the evil of the concentration camps at Auschwitz, and help preserve memory through service projects.


Highlights

• Help to preserve the legacy of those who died at Auschwitz through historical landscape preservation projects at Auschwitz and the Jewish Cemetery in Oswiecim.
• Visit key sites in Berlin, including the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Wannsee Conference Mansion, where SS leaders discussed the “Final Solution.”
• Learn about Jewish life before and after the war through meetings with members of the Jewish community.

Program Notes

Your service will be both intellectual and physical, as you bear witness to the reality of what happened and preserve memory through historical landscape preservation at Auschwitz as well as at the Jewish Cemetery in Oswiecim. By performing these tasks with care and reverence for those who died, you provide a living, contemplative witness to history.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Moderate walking on sidewalks, dirt and gravel paths; some short flights of stairs; and periods of standing. Service work is outdoors and includes activities such as raking, sweeping, and landscaping to help minimize the impact of more than 1 million annual visitors to Auschwitz and to maintain the Jewish cemetery in Oswiecim according to survivors' wishes.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Berlin (Germany), 3 nights; coach to Auschwitz (Poland), 6 nights; coach to Krakow, 2 nights; departure.


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11 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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