Witness and Remembrance: Historic Learning and Preservation at Auschwitz

Spend five days doing service work at Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and learn about the Holocaust through lectures, discussions and expert-led excursions to important sites.
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Program No. 16732RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Help to preserve the legacy of those who died at Auschwitz through historical landscape preservation projects at Auschwitz.
  • 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.

General 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. 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
by Ruth Kluger
War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust
by Doris Bergen
Survival at Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity
by Primo Levi

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