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Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) are organising a trip to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
Given the alarming rise of openly anti-Semitic fascist groups and parties in much of Europe such as in Poland and Greece, UAF feels it essential to reaffirm and emphasise the need to expose today’s fascists.
We will be based in the historic city of Krakow. Until the Second World War, Krakow was one of the great Jewish centres in Europe. In March 1942 the Nazis ‘cleared out’ the ghetto and sent all the inhabitants to extermination camps. The story of the ghetto’s
liquidation and Plaszow concentration camp was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s incredible film Schindler’s List.
The purpose of the trip is to better understand the Holocaust and the Nazis. We also want to look at the Nazi threat today in Europe, such as Jobbik in Hungary, Golden Dawn in Greece, and others like the Front National in France. Moreover, that the Austrian Presidency was nearly won by the fascist FPO party, shows the need to ensure that history is learnt from.
Alongside the trip to Auschwitz and to Birkenau death camp, the itinerary includes a guided tour of Krakow’s Jewish Quarter and ghetto, ending at the Schindler factory.
In the evening, we will hold meetings on ‘Understanding the Holocaust’ and ‘Fighting fascism today’. As in past years, some trades unionists are getting sponsorship and funding from their organisations to come. Ask your trade union/community group, student union, if they may be prepared to make a contribution towards the trip. We are also looking to sponsor students to go on the trip. Please contact the UAF office for more information on this or for related enquiries.
Thursday 3 November
Arrive in Krakow. In the evening there will be a Welcome
meeting and a talk on ‘The rise of fascism across Europe’. Organisers will go for a meal, afterwards, you may wish to come along.
Friday 4 November
Guided tour of the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) and the
Krakow ghetto ending at the Schindler factory. Evening
meeting on ‘Understanding the Holocaust’. Organisers will go for a meal, afterwards, you may wish to come along.
Saturday 5 November
Trip to Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration camp. Free
time in the evening.
Sunday 6 November
Free day to visit Krakow.
Monday 7 November
Return to Britain.
£220 waged or £160 student/unwaged. Some twin bed rooms are available, so the cost here is £190.
This includes a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter and Ghetto, lectures and the coach trip to Auschwitz.
You will need to book your own flights. Ryanair and EasyJet run daily flights to Krakow from several UK airports.
Ask your trade union if they may be prepared to make a contribution towards the trip.