Monday, 2 September 2013

Poland.

A pleasant morning to you, FYFT Followers!

This blog comes to you courtesy of excitement abounding, as we share with you that between the 29th of this month and the 6th October FYFT will be touring Poland!

Intended as both a research and outreach excursion, both Krakow & Warsaw are on our city hit list, and on a more sobering tour we'll be visiting Treblinka and Auschwitz & Auschwitz-Birkenau. This will be Grant and Janine's first ever visit to Poland, so I intend to be plying them with both knowledge and perogies (yep, we'll be returning a couple of stone heavier...).

Whilst in Warsaw we'll be staying with our good friend and former assistant(!) Vicky, and running workshops at the Canadian School in Warsaw. This is an outreach visit we've been anticipating and we can't wait to work with the students and teachers from the Canadian School to help spread our message of tolerance and respect. We will also be visiting the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews; a stop crucial to our research, as FYFT strongly believes one cannot understand what the world lost in the Holocaust without understanding how Polish Jewish culture enriched the world in the first place. 

 Warsaw Old City

After Warsaw we'll pop over to Krakow, which before the war had 300 synagogues and a Jewish population of 64,000 people. Despite having only a small remaining population, the Krakow Jewish Community is thriving & vivacious and on October 3rd we are honoured to be presenting at the Krakow Jewish Community Centre. This has some personal and social resonance for us given our awareness that this vivacious, active community is situated a mere 45 minutes journey from the most deadly death camp in Nazi history. We are honoured & humbled to be a part of the Jewish revival in Krakow. 

Krakow main Square



You can rest assured whilst we're away we'll keep you updated - and if you are in Krakow on the 3rd of October, we expect to see you at the JCC at 6pm sharp! 

Over and out,
Ben

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