Tuesday 4 July 2017

UAF & LMHR educational trip to Krakow and Auschwitz – this November

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) are once again organising a trip to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. This will be on Thursday 16 to Monday 20 November

Given the alarming rise of openly anti-Semitic fascist groups and parties in Europe such as in Poland and Greece, UAF feels it essential to reaffirm 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 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 trip’s purpose is to better understand the Holocaust and the Nazis rise to power. We also want to

look at the Nazi threat in Europe today. For instance, anti-fascists kept at bay a bid to win the Presidency

by the fascist Austrian Freedom Party last year. But in France, Marine Le Pen of the fascist Front

National went through to the second round of the Presidential elections. She won millions of

votes and now sits in Parliament with other fascist MPs.

 

Alongside the trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps, the itinerary includes a guided tour of Krakow’s Jewish Quarter and ghetto, ending at the Schindler Factory Museum (it is recommended to visit the Schindler site, for a small cost).

Early evening meetings on “Understanding the Holocaust” and “Fighting fascism today”, are part of the trip. We are very proud that David Rosenberg, Educator-writer-activist historian, will accompany us and  give specialised talks. To help pay for people to go, some trades unionists in past years have received sponsorship and funding from their unions.

 

Cost: Waged: £225, single room; £140, shared twin/double room; Student/unemployed: £165, single room; £110, shared twin/double room.

Costs are for four nights and include breakfast as well as 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. You are free to book extra days either side of the given dates.

 

Ask your trade union if they may be prepared to make a contribution towards the trip —a number have previously done so. Some trade unions sponsor members to attend.

Ask your trade union/community group or student union if they could make a contribution. 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.


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