Witness and Remembrance: Auschwitz
Program # 16732
Activity Level: 4

Program Dates:
September 2-14, 2014
September 22- October 4, 2015

Location: Berlin, Germany and Krakow, Oswiecim, and Auschwitz, Poland

Service: Learn about the Holocaust history and support historic preservation efforts through hands-on service at or near Auschwitz. Witness contemporary efforts to revive Jewish life and culture in Poland.

Housing: Hotels and Retreat Centers

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Program Description:
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.

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Program 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.
View the moving memorial art exhibition in the monastery of Harmeze, installed by a Holocaust survivor.

Program Particulars:
As a service-learning program, 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.

Activity Particulars:
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.

Program Fee Includes:
Contribution to local service effort
9 nights accommodations
27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
Local Transportation during program
Multiple educational, cultural and service activities

  • Expert-led lectures: 8
  • Excursions: 12
  • Hands-on experiences: 4

Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Continuous support from local site director

Additional Program Related Expenses:
Airfare to Berlin, Germany and from Krakow, Poland and other travel related expenses
Applicable passport or visa fees
Supplemental meals or snacks
Personal spending money

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