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Apr 9, 2013 - Day 6

Today we visited Belzec, “The Forgotten Camp.” It only had two survivors. I was really amazed by the size of the memorial. The memorial is located behind a wall with a narrow entrance. As soon as you look up from the ground, you see a bunch of black stones scattered among the field and dead center you see a hole with sides that walls that grow bigger around it. As we got closer to the entrance of the tunnel I felt that there were stronger emotions within me. Eliran Gazala Now as I am experiencing a whole different level of exhaustion, both...

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Apr 8, 2013 - Day 5

Expression and reflection come in different forms. Some sing, some draw, some write freely - even though they are different forms,they all have the same feelings behind them. Here are two examples from two participants - an original song written by Hilly Rubin and poetry written by Rae Marcum. A Different Way- Original song by Hilly Rubin The day before I cannot bear The day before I become scared Only day I’ve ever been Completely untied at the seams Tonight I won’t be left alone So many miles away from home My blood and bones my skin and...

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Apr 7, 2013 - Day 4

The only bummer with blogging while traveling is the not-so-reliable internet connections. Pictures are taking an awful long time to upload, so we will try again tomorrow. Meanwhile, here are some very, very fabulous entries from our teens. Enjoy! Love from Poland, The West Today we visited the Jewish Heritage Museum. It was really interesting! The museum is located in the middle of the Warsaw Ghetto Square. It’s crazy that the location of the museum would have been in the ghetto just seventy years ago. The museum is still under some...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Kraków

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND In the interest of expediency, here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - Poland chapter on Kraków: If you believe the legends, Kraków was founded upon the defeat of a dragon, and it’s true a mythical atmosphere permeates its attractive streets and squares. Poland’s former royal capital has a suitably long back-story to match its beautiful historic appearance. The first traces of the city’s existence date from the 7th century, and the earliest written record of the town dates from 966, when a Jewish merchant from...

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Aug 22, 2012 - Cracow ( Krakow)

CRACOW, Poland (Krakow) Upon arrival, we could feel and see that this is a wonderful city. We tried to check into our hotel only to eventually find a sign that told us to check in at another hotel. The Elektor was a nicer hotel with two big bedrooms although it did not have the kitchenette we had booked. It did provide a really good breakfast so that worked well. Krakow is a city of 700 thousand, yet feels small as the city centre is tightly confined, making sightseeing very easy. We walked everywhere. The main square is very...

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May 31, 2012 - Krakow, Poland

We visited the Jasna Gora 14th C monastery where the famous Black Madonna painting resides. Famous in Poland, anyway. It’s the 3rd most visited Catholic pilgrimage place in the world. I’d never heard of it. Beautiful cathedral. It still has canon balls in it from the swedish wars in the 1600’s. We stopped at Auschwitz for a couple of hours. There are in fact 3 camps there. The first one we stopped at, where Steven Speilburg filmed scenes from Schindlers List, was in the original state it was found at at war end. Some buildings had been...

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Europe 2012

Apr 19, 2012 - Day 3

This morning, we started our day with a visit to Schindler’s factory and the site of the Plaszow Concentration Camp, before setting out for the March. Today is the March from Auschwitz to Birkenau. What all of us have come to realize is that this is a march not only of remembrance and honor, but of life. Ten thousand people will gather today on Yom Hashoah from forty different countries in solidarity and in unity. Over sixty years ago, the death marches were a way of destroying our people and the possibility of any future. We are here today...

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Apr 18, 2012 - Day 2

After having breakfast in our hotels, we boarded our six buses and headed for Auschwitz/Birkenau. We gathered together outside Block 11 to hear from Monise. She spoke about two individuals. One, Freddie Diamond, who accompanied the March of the Living for many years. When he was a prisoner in Auschwitz, he stood and watched as his own younger brother was hanged right in front of him. The second was, Sigi Hart, who also accompanied the March for many years. As he grew older, he came along in a wheelchair, never missing anything. Just last...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Day 1

Welcome to our blog. What follows are observations, some in sentences and some in brief notes so bear with the lack of editing in favor of getting the report out to you (plus this is being sent at 10:00 a m. Polish time, just waking up on our Lot Airlines flight from Chicago, and some with very little sleep). Along the trip, on busses and during meals, students were asked to add their comments. Photos and video will also be available soon. Teenagers and early rising are seldom synonymous, but there they were, our 200 plus students and staff...

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Oct 1, 2011 - Krakow

Early rise off to the thousand year old Wieliczka salt mines, where we decended to level 3 of a six level mine, in a lift of what a can only be describe as no bigger than a tin can.   It is no longer a operated mine, but they still do flood the lower levels and once the salt has dried out they extracted it.  The mines at various points had lovely carvings, salt chandeliers, 3 chapels. On too what was meant to be local tour of krakow, but let's just say it is a hour and half that I will never get back.  We had a very passionate guide who...

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Sep 30, 2011 - Krakow

Today we head to Krakow, stopping in Czestochowa visiting Jasna Gora, this the monastery where the black madonnas is housed.  She is venerated as the "queen of Poland" I am lost or struggling for words for today's journal as I visited Auschwitz concentration camp, I think the fact that it has taken six days to write this journal may just say it all. I am not going into details, as it is just too hard to explain how I feel, but the visit did effect me badly. I just can not understand how humans can do what they did to another human.

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Sep 17, 2011 - The family adventures continue….Paris and Poland (Krakow)

Having left Karina and Lew at their accommodation, we set out with our luggage planning to take a tube to our accommodation across the other side of Hyde Park. To cut a long story short…we ended up less than 1km walk from Lew and Karina’s accommodation – but did a couple of loops around Hyde Park to get there….thats what happens when two hotels have very similar names and Google Maps sends you to the wrong one! Just another navigational mishap to add to our growing collection! Before we knew it we were in another country – this time having...

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