Overview of the Trip
This year March of the Living UK is taking 300+ people to Poland & Germany for six days from Friday 17th April to Wednesday 22nd May 2020. 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.
The booking form for the trip can be found at https://www.marchoftheliving.org.uk/book-for-2020/
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.
£100 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £299 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. The total balance is due on 21 February 2020 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations made after this date. Please note the remaining cost of the Trip (£1250) is awarded to you as a generous subsidy.
Young Adult £499
£100 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £399 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. The total balance is due on 21 February 2020 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations made after this date. Please note the remaining cost of the Trip (£1150) is awarded to you as a generous subsidy.
£350 non-refundable deposit to confirm booking plus a further £1,049 for the cost of the trip is required to fully process your application. The total balance is due on 21 February 2020 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations made after this date.
A further £150 will be required if you choose to take part in the extra night in Poland & day programme to Bergen-Belsen.
Information about the Trip
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.
In Poland we stay in 4* hotels, 2 nights in Warsaw 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.
All food is kosher on this trip and is shipped from Israel. Breakfast & Dinner are in the hotel and lunch will be packed lunchboxes. If you have any 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.
Poland in April can be mild but rain is also common. We will try to send forecasts out a few days prior to departure.
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.
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.
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 may be needed to cover a drink or snack while travelling.
Your preparation for the trip
Each bus 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.
All participants must have their own health & travel insurance.
Family history research
In preparation for 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 so they can guide you further.
Please find at the end of this information pack a suggested reading list to help you best prepare for your trip to Poland.
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.
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.
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.
This year we are in Poland over Shabbat. March of the Living’s policy is to actively encourage celebrating Shabbat in whatever manner you are comfortable with. We appreciate that for some of our participants, Shabbat is celebrated every week, while for others this may indeed be your very first experience. Our goal is that everyone should feel comfortable and as such we ask that you are mindful of those around and respectful of each other’s ways of celebrating this special day. Practically this will mean for the Shabbat observant, they will not carry or use any mobile devices such as phones or camera and will not engage in other activities such as writing or driving.
March of the Living Team
Scott Saunders: Chairman
Cassie Matus: CEO
Adrienne Cinna: Project Co-ordinator.
Please note Holocaust literature is vast and here is a mere sampling of suggested reading material to best prepare you for the trip.
|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|
|INSIDE THE GAS CHAMBERS||SHLOMO VENEZIA|
|HOPE IS THE LAST TO DIE||HALINA BIRENBAUM|
|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|