16732
Poland/Germany
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.
Program No. 16732RJ
Length
13 days
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13 days
12 nights
33 meals
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DAY
1
Overnight flight to Berlin
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Berlin, Explore Friedrichshain
Berlin
L,D
Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz

Lunch: At local restaurant - depending on arrival times

Afternoon: Orientation walk through the Friedrichshain or Berlin center.

Dinner: At local restaurant

Evening: Free time.

DAY
3
Terror Museum, Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz
Berlin
B,L,D
Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz

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

DAY
4
Wannsee Conference Memorial House, Jewish Museum
Berlin
B,L,D
Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz

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.

DAY
5
Trasfer to Oswiecim for Service Program.
Auschwitz
B,L,D
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

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

DAY
6
Auschwitz Jewish Center, Auschwitz I Camp
Auschwitz
B,L,D
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

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

DAY
7
Jewish Cemetery, Auschwitz II Camp Birkenau
Auschwitz
B,L,D
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

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

DAY
8
Service Work, Harmeze Monastery
Auschwitz
B,L,D
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

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

DAY
9
Service Work, Auschwitz National Exhibitions, Holocaust Talk
Auschwitz
B,L,D
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

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

DAY
10
Today will include the completion of service work.
Auschwitz
B,L,D
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer (Hotel)

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

DAY
11
Travel to Krakow, Poland, visit the Galicia Jewish Museum.
Krakow
B,L,D
Campanile Krakow

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

DAY
12
Walking tour of the historic city center in Krakow.
Krakow
B,L,D
Campanile Krakow

Breakfast: breakfast at hotel.

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

Lunch: lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant.

Afternoon: Ffree 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.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

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

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