Trip information

Overview of the Trip

 

This year March of the Living UK is taking 250+ people to Poland for six days from Sunday the 28th April to Friday the 3rd May 2019. The group will be split over age/background appropriate buses. Each group will have 1 or 2 educators and 1 or 2 bus leaders. We will also be joined by Survivors who will accompany the buses.

 

Booking

The booking form for the trip can be found at https://www.marchoftheliving.org.uk/book-for-2019/

Once we receive the form and the deposit we will review your application and confirm your place.

Before booking, please ensure that you have read through the trip details to understand that this can be a physically and emotionally challenging experience. The daily program will be intense with early starts, late finishes, long bus journeys and hours spent walking and standing outdoors.

 

Prices

Student £350

£50 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £300 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. No monies will be refunded for cancellations made after 28 February 2019. Please note the remaining cost of the Trip (£949) is awarded to you as a generous subsidy.

 

Young Adult £450

£100 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £350 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. No monies will be refunded for cancellations made after 28 February 2019. Please note the remaining cost of the Trip (£849) is awarded to you as a generous subsidy.

 

Adult £1,299

£250 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £1,049 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. No monies will be refunded for cancellations made after 28 February 2019.

 

Information about the Trip

 

Flights

Flights are booked by March of the Living UK and included in the trip price. The main group flights leave from London, but we also have groups flying from other UK airports. We can include flights from most airports in Europe and Israel in the price. If you are flying from outside of Europe please notify us, you may prefer to fly to London and join our group flight or fly direct to Poland.

 

Hotels

In Poland we stay in 4* hotels, 1 night in each and 2 nights in Krakow. We try for all groups to stay in the same hotel so if you have family members on different buses you will have some time with them early morning and late evening as meals are usually together.

 

Room sharing (not relevant for Adult Groups)

Over your stay in Poland you will be grouped in rooms with one or two others in your group. If you did not specify who you wished to room share with we have paired you with another person or persons. Naturally we have tried to do this based on age and bus but sometimes this has not been possible.

 

Food

All food is kosher on this trip and is shipped from Israel. Breakfasts are in the hotels and lunch will be packed by yourselves, (Adults receive lunchboxes) with the provisions provided in the morning. Dinners are in the hotels. If you have dietary issues we recommend that you bring some of your own food especially for vegans, and those with more specific requirements.  Vegetarian options are available but often limited in variety.

 

Weather

Poland in April/May can be mild but rain is also common. We will try to send forecasts out a few days prior to departure.

 

Clothing

Be prepared for all weather eventualities. There is no laundry so make sure you account for wet and muddy conditions. We suggest 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes (not Uggs and not nice sneakers), Jeans, sweatshirts, fleece’s are all essential. We will be visiting cemeteries, Synagogues and sights of mass murder, men, please have a kippa (head covering) with you.

 

Health

We will have access to medical staff on site in Poland. If you are on medication, please bring extra as getting supplies in Poland is not a real option.

 

Money

The local currency is Polish Zloty and is approximately 4.6 to the pound. Everything on this trip is paid for so the only cash you will need is “pocket money”. This is needed to cover a drink or coffee or snack while travelling.

 

Your preparation for the trip

Each bus had or will have a preparation session which we would encourage you to join.

This is the opportunity for you to meet others in the group, learn about what to expect from your trip, more information on the trip itself and meet some of your bus leaders and educators.

 

Insurance

All participants must have their own health & travel insurance.

 

Family history research

Ahead of your trip we suggest you do some research in to your own family background, this will make the trip more personal for you. Please share this information with your educators on the trip so they can guide you further.

 

Reading list

Please find at the end of this information pack a suggested reading list to help you best prepare for your trip to Poland.

 

Security

Each bus has its own security guard, please do make sure you follow their instructions. The Poland of today is a good friend of Israel and the Jewish people, however, for your complete comfort and safety we will have security presence throughout the trip.

 

Processing

At the end of each day, each group will have the opportunity to process the day. Group processing is a useful tool to reflect on each day, learn others perspectives and feel supported on what may or may not be for you a challenging experience.

 

Religious Services

March of the Living is not a religious organisation and as such is open to everyone. We do not ask or expect anyone to attend services. However, we also appreciate that there are many who do wish to attend a service. If you wish to attend a daily morning minyan we will try to hold one.

 

March of the Living Team

Scott Saunders: Chairman

Cassie Matus: CEO

Suzy Richman: Director

Eli Schryer: Project Co-ordinator.

 

Reading List 

Please note Holocaust literature is vast and here is a mere sampling of suggested reading material to best prepare you for the trip.

 

Title Author
THE HOLOCAUST MARTIN GILBERT
THE WAR AGAINST THE JEWS LUCY DAWIDOWICZ
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWS RAUL HILBERG
ORDINARY MEN CHRISTOPHER BROWNING
FIVE CHIMNEYS OLGA LENGYEL
NIGHT ELI WEISEL
INSIDE THE GAS CHAMBERS SHLOMO VENEZIA
HOPE IS THE LAST TO DIE HALINA BIRENBAUM
NEIGHBOURS JAN GROSS
THE PIANIST WLADYSLAW SZPILMAN
IF THIS IS MAN PRIMO LEVI
MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING VIKTOR FRANKL
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY SAMUEL KASSOW
THE DIARY OF MARY BERG MARY BERG
THE JEWS OF WARSAW 1939-1943 ISRAEL GUTMAN
I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS LIVIA BITTON-JACKSON