Poland & The Persecution of the Jewish People
How well do we remember the story of Abraham, right back to Genesis Chapter 11? From the beginning, the Jewish people have struggled. They have obeyed and disobeyed God, but they have a protection around them that has seen them through many generations of wars and hardship. Right up to modern times when we think of the terrible consequences of WW2 and the loss of lives of such a strong nation. Why could it happen? How could God let it happen? Was their question. If you ever had the opportunity to join us in Israel, you would have visited Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Jewish Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews are commemorated - you will then understand a visit to Auschwitz and the horror of over 1 million of those Jews being lost there. Hitler brought them to Poland from as far as Greece, but…. the Jews live again. They fight a constant battle to protect their land. They work hard and that ethic has stood strong through the ages. As of 2017, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 902 individuals, of whom 203 or 22.5% were Jews, although the total Jewish population comprises less than 0.2% of the world's population. This means the percentage of Jewish Nobel laureates is at least 11,250% above average. What an accolade.
Join us on this trip to Poland and see their strength, their endurance, their love of God and their faith that kept them from losing hope. Schindler, a man of 2 sides, will be seen by some as a saint whilst others seen him meet his own ends – you can decide when you are there.
Krakow is a fantastic city with cobbled streets, lined with beautiful restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes. Horse drawn carriages can be seen and hired to take you on a tour of the old and new sides of this city. From the ghetto to the modern architecture that expands across this city and past the most beautiful castle.
Join us on a tour of Poland – not just Krakow – and wander in the modern beauty shadowed in a harrowing past.
DATE: 31 October 2019
DURATION: 4 days
TOUR ESCORTED BY: Denis Lyle
PRICE: £549pp sharing
Single Supplement £135
Arrival to Krakow airport. Transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure in evening
Take an afternoon stroll with the local guide to the heart of Krakow where you will see the Main Market Square with large Gothic Cloth Hall, just to allow you to get familiar with the area.
Krakow - Having escaped destruction during World War II, the city uniquely retains its charming medieval shape. The central Market Square – the largest in Europe – In the middle of the square there is the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice, 14th c.), Wawel Castle is an interesting example of Renaissance architecture, which houses one of the largest collections of tapestries in Europe. Overnight at hotel
Day 2 –Breakfast in hotel. Half day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with local guide.
Witness here one of the most memorable lessons of modern European history. The visit includes a film showing the camp’s liberation and you’ll see the flower strewn Death Wall, the national memorials, the rail line, ramp and remains of the hundreds of barracks, a moving testimony to the number of lost lives through Nazi activities across occupied Europe. Picnic lunch.
Afternoon to the famous Salt Mines.
Wieliczka Salt Mine - During this fascinating tour you will see underground lakes that change into variety of colours, wonderful churches, including the famous church of St. Kinga, original tools and equipment. Well-preserved traces of the past allow you to imagine the working conditions of the people who worked in the mine and their struggle to overcome the elements. Free time for lunch
This morning you will visit the Kamimierz district with English speaking guide. Kazimierz district - from the 15th Century became the main cultural centre of the Jewish community in Poland with its unique oriental atmosphere. Its soul perished during the traumatic events of World War II but many of the buildings, some still with Yiddish inscriptions, survived.
Free time for lunch.
This afternoon you will visit ‘Schindler’s Factory’ – a story about Krakow and its inhabitants under Nazi Occupation.
This is a new branch of the Historical Museum of Krakow, where you can visit the exhibition “Krakow under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945” which has been set up in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory. The exhibition is a story of Krakow and the fate of its Polish and Jewish citizens during World War II, but it is also about the German occupiers, who arrived here on the 6th September 1939 and brutally interrupted the centuries-old history of a Polish-Jewish Krakow. Here, the grand history of WWII intersects with everyday life. Overnight stay in Krakow.
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Transfer to Krakow airport for return flight.
- Return flights and taxes
- Return transfers
- Fully air-conditioned coach
- Services of a fully qualified English speaking guide throughout
- All entrance fees as included in the itinerary
- Bed & Breakfast throughout (+ 1 picnic lunch)
- Lunches and evening meals except where specified
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips & Gratuities
Join us on 27 April at 10.30m at the Corrs Corner Hotel for a presentation of all tours led by Pastor Denis Lyle. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02838 394489.