ARRIVAL IN WARSAW: THE PHOENIX CITY
A TJHT representative will meet all guests and transfers will be provided, based on your arrival information.
We recommend that participants arrive by 2:00 pm. If participants would like to arrive earlier, TJHT will be happy to make hotel and transfer arrangements on their behalf.
Transfer to the hotel and check in
Time to refresh and explore the city of Warsaw on your own. Recommendations will be provided.
Optional guided tour of Warsaw or time on your own.
Suggested sites to visit:
● Walk the Royal Route and Nowy Swiat Avenue, which evoke the architecture and cultural milieu of pre-war Warsaw and are lined with cafes and eateries.
● The Royal Baths Park (Łazienki) is the largest historical park in Warsaw, which serves as a venue for music, the arts, and cultural events.
● A stroll along the Vistula river, the longest river in Poland and one of the longest in Europe. The river bank has its own beaches and bars where you can sit and enjoy the view or sample Warsaw’s street food.
● Visit to Praga, the district of Warsaw located on the right bank of Vistula river. Sites worth visiting: Polish Vodka Museum and the Żabinski’s Villa* in the Warsaw Zoo.
The Zabinskis were the zookeepers prior to and during World War II. They succeeded in hiding more than 300 Jews within the zoo’s grounds.
● Wilanów Palace (a wonderful Baroque royal residence located in the south of the capital), with its lovely grounds and world-famous poster museum.
● Visit to the viewing platform of the Palace of Culture and Science, a 1950s Stalinist skyscraper offering panoramic views of the city, including its booming CBD.
WELCOME TO JEWISH POLAND
Warsaw, the capital of Poland, has been called the “The Phoenix City”, as it was almost completely destroyed during World War II and rebuilt from the rubble and ruins in a nationwide effort. Divided by the Vistula River, the city’s right and left banks narrate the complex history of the city. Today, Warsaw, Poland's largest city with more than two and a half million people living in its metropolitan area, is a vibrant political and economic center, reflecting the resurgence of Poland's economy over the past 25 years as a member of NATO and the EU. The meticulously rebuilt Old Town and the 2016 European Museum of the Year POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews are two of the major cultural cornerstones of this Central European capital. Home to more than 300,000 Jews from across the cultural and religious spectrum prior to the Holocaust, Warsaw is now home to Poland’s largest Jewish community, which hosts a JCC, Hillel, and a day school, as well as various religious communities.
Welcome Reception with the scholar-in-residence, Taube Center Team, and special guests.
Overnight in Warsaw
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Tomasz was born in Kraków, graduated with his first MA in International Relations from Jagiellonian University, Kraków, with a thesis on “Polish-Israeli Relations after 1989.” His second MA was at the Jagiellonian University in the Department of Middle and Far East Studies with a thesis on “The Role of the Holocaust Memory in Shaping Israeli Identity.” In October 2014, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Relations at Jagiellonian University, with a dissertation on “Political and International Aspects of the Functioning of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in the years 1980-2010.” In 2000 he founded a research and historical interpretation center POLIN TRAVEL (www.jewish-guide.pl). It focuses and morphs history genealogy and guiding into a holistic visit experience in Central Europe.
Tomasz holds multiple state guiding certificates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Kraków, and Galicia including the Second World War Museum at Schindler’s Factory in Kraków, Polin Museum in Warsaw. He is an experienced genealogist and licensed tour leader in Poland and Central Europe.
Cebulski is an author of multiple articles on the history of Polish Jews, genealogy, and politics of memory. Cebulski is the author of a book, “Auschwitz after Auschwitz. History, memory, politics.” The book debates the dynamic of construction of the Holocaust memory, provides an insight into the Auschwitz Museum through analyzing the politics of commemoration and conflict resolution a the side in the last 3 decades.