From Kraków to Auschwitz-Birkenau - A sensitive journey
Friday 5 June, 08:00 to 19:00
Interpreting the Holocaust at Auschwitz is among the most sensitive tasks that a heritage interpreter can face. More than a million visitors come to Auschwitz-Birkenau every year. They come from all over the world and from diverse cultural backgrounds. They hold many different beliefs.
This visit will be lead by Tomasz Cebulski, one of the most experienced guides involved with Jewish life and the Holocaust in Poland. Tomasz is convinced that it makes a huge difference how one approaches the various places. He always recommends that visitors on his tours read his Visitor's Manual Guide – before they go – in order to prepare for the experience.
This study visit will begin in Kraków. At the Podgórze city quarter, close to Schindler's factory, the Nazis established the Ghetto; not far away is Płaszów Concentration Camp. Each place is important in understanding the itinerary that leads finally to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.
The tour includes a one hour journey by bus each way to and from Auschwitz. You need to be prepared for several hours of walking – and weather – in Podgórze, in the Auschwitz museum and at the Auschwitz-Birkenau site.
Cost: 57 € per person including transport from Przegorzały university guest-house, full day guiding and entrance fee.
Meals are not included and need to be paid for individually.
The number of participants is limited to 60 (two groups). In case of higher demand we will open a waiting list.
Where Poland reaches its peak
Wednesday 10 June, 08:00 to 22:00
Our Polish colleagues Magda and Piotr will take us to the Tatra National Park, one of the two Alpine mountain ranges in Poland. When we arrive at Zakopane, we will be welcomed by park rangers who have created an interesting and varied programme for us. We will gain insights into their challenging work with four million people visiting the park every year. They will share with us their experience and questions and take us on a hike to the mountains where, among a range of wildlife, bears and wolves roam freely. Unfortunately we cannot promise that we will meet them ...
We will conclude the day with a dinner at Zakopane.
The tour includes a two hours journey by bus each way.
You must bring hiking boots and weatherproof clothing and you will need to be in good physical condition.
It will be a long and strenuous day.
Cost: 28 € per person including transport from Przegorzały university guest-house. Meals are not included and need to be paid for individually.