March of the Living UK is an extraordinary, unforgettable experience. It is a packed 6 day educational journey in Poland where UK Students, Young Adults and Adults join the March of the Living UK team of the best educators and remarkable Survivors to learn about 1,000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland and the devastation and horrors of the Holocaust. The journey builds up to the International March of the Living event where the UK delegation joins thousands of Jewish people, from over 40 countries around the world, to share in a once in a lifetime experience marching the three kilometres from Auschwitz to Birkenau. You can be there – along with over 300 Brits and the over 12,000 participants of this historic, life-changing event.

The Trip

Each year March of the Living UK takes 300+ people to Poland for a 6 day educational journey. The groups are divided over age/background appropriate buses. Each group has 1 or 2 educators and 1 or 2 bus leaders. We are also accompanied by survivors.

In 2020, our 10th anniversary year we intend to have a very special trip. We will spend a significant amount of time learning about the vibrancy, diversity and centrality of Jewish life for 1,000 years in Poland before we learn about the destruction, devastation and annihilation of the war years and Holocaust.  We believe that to fully understand and appreciate what was lost in the war, one needs to understand what there was before. We will visit the centres of Jewish Life Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow before we bear witness to their Ghetto Sites and ultimate end in Majdanek, Treblinka and Auschwitz Birkenau.

For many the highlight of the week will be the March of the Living. As one of the Marchers, you will retrace the steps of the March of Death, the actual route which countless numbers of our people were forced to take on their way to the gas chambers at Birkenau. You will experience Jewish history where it was made. This time, however, there will be a difference. It will be a March of the Living with thousands of youth and adults marching shoulder to shoulder. You will participate in a memorial service at one of the gas chambers/crematoria, in Birkenau, which will conclude with the singing of Hatikvah, reaffirming Am Yisrael Chai – The Jewish People Live.

This year is the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation by the British Armed Forces of Bergen-Belsen in Germany.
For this significant anniversary we will be flying from Poland to Germany on Wednesday 22nd April for an educational programme in Bergen-Belsen, followed by a memorial ceremony. We will fly back to the UK that evening.

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Warsaw

Okopowa Jewish Cemetery

Polin Jewish Museum – 1,000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland

J.H.I. Ringelblum Archive

Special Shabbat Programme

Overnight Novotel Centrum Hotel****

DAY 2

Warsaw

Special Shabbat Programme

Including Walking tour Umshlagplatz and Mila 18

Overnight Novotel Centrum ****

DAY 3

Lodz

Chelmno

Krakow

Overnight Galaxy Hotel****

DAY 4

Krakow

Kazimierz Jewish District Walking Tour

Auschwitz

Birkenau

March of the Living UK Yom HaShoah Ceremony

Overnight Galaxy Hotel****

DAY 5

Krakow

Krakow WWII Ghetto

Schindler’s Factory

The March of the Living

Overnight Galaxy Hotel****

DAY 6

Germany

Fly to either Hamburg or Hanover

Bergen-Belsen

Fly back to the UK

*Each bus itinerary varies slightly

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Poland

For over one thousand years there has been a Jewish presence in Poland. Throughout that period, there followed alternating periods of peace and persecution. During the latter, there were mass Jewish emigrations to the West – nevertheless by the 20th century, Jews formed 10% of the population of Poland.

On September 1st 1939 Germany invaded Poland, and over the next five years Poland would become a graveyard for the Jews of Europe. In 1939 there were 3.3 million Jews living within the Polish borders, by 1945 only 300000 were left. The great synagogues burnt, thousand of Jewish buildings and prayer houses razed to the ground, ancient cemeteries uprooted, tens of thousands of books and ritual objects destroyed… an entire civilisation decimated.

The Nazi extermination camps were all located in Poland including the largest concentration camp, Auschwitz.

Today Poland has seen a re-emergence of Jewish culture and life. Old Synagogues are being returned to communities, often to be used as museums. Across Poland there are hundreds of monuments and exhibitions dedicated to the Jews of pre war Poland and the Shoah. In our learning of the Holocaust we must always realise that to know what was lost we must know what was there before.