Mazovia Province, Poland
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Experience an informative and impressive tour of everyday life in the Warsaw Ghetto, which was the biggest ghetto in Europe. In 1940, the Nazis set up the ghetto in the very heart of Warsaw. 460,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were herded together in an area of just four square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, and disease. Over 300,000 were sent away to the Treblinka extermination camp. In 1943, an uprising broke out in the ghetto in response to an attempt to totally liquidate it. In an act of revenge, the Nazis laid waste the area of the ghetto. In just three years, Jewish Warsaw had ceased to exist. During this 3-hour tour, you will see real places and hear authentic stories. You will get to know what the ghetto was, how daily life problems were solved, and why the uprising broke out. You will hear about the destruction, helpfulness, indifference, blackmail, and resistance. Furthermore, you will learn about the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and the secret organization Oneg Shabbat, which took on the task of documenting the life in the ghetto. The archive survived the war in metal cases and milk cans and was entered into the UNESCO Memory of the World register, which comprises the most important documents preserved by mankind. You will also get to know the history of the courier of the Polish Underground State, who was among the first people to tell the world about the Holocaust. You will see the last preserved street of the ghetto, remains of the ghetto wall, the former location of the Footbridge over Chłodna Street, and the bunker at 18 Miła Street. You will also learn about the symbolism of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, the Umschlagplatz, and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Although the ghetto itself long ago ceased to exist, it is worthwhile to know its history.
• The synagogue is closed after 1 PM on Fridays and all day on Saturdays • The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is closed on Tuesdays, April 1, May 31, September 19, November 1, and December 24, 25, 31. The museum is open from 10 AM-6 PM (last entrance at 4 PM) on Monday, Thursday, and Friday and 10 AM to 8 PM (last entrance at 6 PM) on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Audioguides are also available • It is recommended to spend 2.5 hours at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews • The order of the itinerary depends on the location of your accommodation • This tour is not recommended for children • We recommend to buy in advance and have with you a public transport ticket (best option: 24 hours ticket for appr. 4 EUR per person) or take cash with you (appr. 20 PLN per person) • Pickup is from within the city center-Srodmiescie area only. If staying outside, meet at the Palace of Culture entrance • The tour is conducted by foot (2.5 hours) and/or on public transport (30 minutes)
This walking tour was fantastic! Our guide was so nice and extremely knowledgeable about the history, not only of the holocaust, but also of the wider historical and cultural context of Poland. He took us to so many historically significant places and gave us so much information about life in the ghetto, that the time flew by so quickly. We didn't even realise how far we had walked or that 3 hours had already passed! I would definitely recommend this tour for anybody (except small children). If I return to Warsaw I will go on this tour again.
En mycket bra och lärande tur med en toppenbra guide!