2023 Poland Personally: A Study Seminar to Poland

June 18, 2023 - June 26, 2023

June 18, 2023 - June 26, 2023:

2023 Seminar is FULL! If you would like to be considered for the 2023 waitlist submit your application soon!

Comparing Poland yesterday and today based on daily themes such as a thousand years of Jewish life in Poland; dilemmas surrounding life and death and bearing witness; and personal reflection and soul searching are just a few of the ways teachers will focus on the history of the Holocaust.


2023 Seminar is FULL! Taking Waitlist Applications ONLY.

Comparing Poland yesterday and today based on daily themes such as a thousand years of Jewish life in Poland; dilemmas surrounding life and death and bearing witness; and personal reflection and soul searching are just a few of the ways teachers will focus on the history of the Holocaust. Accompanied by a Holocaust survivor, teachers will view Poland, its people, its government and socioeconomics in unique ways that will increase their understanding of the value of diversity and the results of prejudice. This experience is powerful and life changing. It offers a distinctive view of the history of Poland, its current position in global relationships and how genocide remains a reality today in third world countries.
In advance of travel, teachers will engage in 5 pre-departure workshops that will focus on relevant topics designed to give them baseline knowledge and information to create context for the seminar. As a follow-up to the seminar, teachers will meet for 2 workshops to share the instructional materials that they designed for their students and to further reflect on their experience. Teachers are eligible to receive 3 Act 48 Credits or 90 Act 48 hours of continuing professional education through Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3 for a minimal fee. Teachers will also receive a Resource Book especially compiled for the seminar that includes timelines, maps, historical documents and statistics as well as thematic articles relevant to each day's activities. It also includes site specific articles that offer additional information that teachers can draw from as they develop unit and lesson plans for their students. Poland Personally: A Study Seminar to Poland immerses teachers in Poland and its culture and thus Poland becomes an interactive textbook supported by the knowledge and skills of a highly qualified scholar and personal travel guide. Although the seminar answers many questions that students of history pose, numerous other questions are raised by virtue of the mini-lectures and follow-up discussions.

Some of the questions raised by this seminar are:

  1. Why were the Germans the main perpetrators and why were the Jews the main victims?
  2. What is the roll of traditional anti-Semitism, prejudice and racism in enabling the Nazis to implement the Final Solution?
  3. What kind of leadership evolved among the perpetrators and the victims and what were some of the dilemmas they faced?
  4. How did the relationship between Jews and Poles before, during and after the War impact their mutual perceptions and roles in the Holocaust?
  5. How diversified was Jewish culture in Europe on the eve of World War II? How did this manifest itself religiously and politically in Poland?
  6. What lessons does the Holocaust teach us for the future and how can we implement them?

The major purposes of this seminar are to:

  1. Examine and discuss how and why the most civilized nation in Europe attempted to eliminate the Jewish people
  2. Understand the dynamics of how a totalitarian regime operates
  3. Define the moral and ethical dilemmas facing both the victims and the bystanders in the Holocaust and identify the lessons learned
  4. Study the pre-World War II interrelationships between diverse cultures in Europe, utilizing the Jewish model as a key empirical case.
  5. Compare and contrast the dilemmas of diversity in modern Europe with what is happening in the United States today
  6. Examine the characteristics of Polish and Jewish culture, their cross-fertilization and interaction from the beginning of the modern era until today
  7. Enable educators to create classroom programs, activities, unit and lesson plans that will reflect the knowledge and experience they have acquired so that their students will be more informed about the causes and outcomes of the Holocaust
For more information, please email [email protected]



Day 1– arrival and orientation - Warsaw
  • Sites: TBD
  • Overnight Warsaw
Day 2–  Warsaw
  • Sites: Jewish Cemetery at Otopowa st. (Gesia), Nozyk synagogue, Old Town of Warsaw
  • Overnight Warsaw
Day 3– Warsaw
  • Sites: Janusz Korchak orphanage, parts of the Ghetto, Jewish Historical Institute,
  • Overnight Warsaw
Day 4– Warsaw + Treblinka
  • Sites: Umschlagplatz, Mila 18, Rappoport Memorial, Treblinka
  • Overnight Warsaw
Day 5– Lublin, Maidanek
  • Sites: Maidanek, Lublin town center + debriefing
  • Overnight Lublin (same hotel out of town as two years ago)
Day 6 -  Auschwitz
  • Sites: Auschwitz and time allowing – Salt Mines, dinner at JCC in Crakow
  • Overnight Cracow
Day 7 – Cracow
  • Sites:  Old Cracow – Wawel Castle + St. Mary's Church, Free time + debrief Auschwitz,  Festival at night.
  • Overnight Cracow
Day 8 – Cracow
  • Sites: Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter), Ghetto area, Schindler's factory, Plashow concentration camp and Final dinner
  • Overnight Cracow
Day 9– Flight home


Press Coverage

Please see below for additional resources, videos, and information about this seminar.


Costs and Fees:

All costs include: pre-seminar workshops, curriculum, airfare, lodging, all ground transportation, guides, entrance fees, and most meals.
  • Full price: Adults $4600 ($3000 not including airfare)
  • Students: $4300 (after $300 CWB subsidy)
  • Educators from CWB Partnering Schools/Service Areas: $1850* after CWB subsidies (additional needs-based scholarships available)
  • Out-of-Service-Area Educators: Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Not included: $100 for tips, some meals, spending money, travel and medical insurance, extra baggage fees, and free evening activities costs. *Based on double occupancy. Single room supplement TBD. **Additional need-based scholarships available


2022 Poland Seminar Video
2019 Poland Seminar Video
2016 Poland Seminar Video | Directed by Emmai Alaquiva
Tribute to Seth's Grandmother, Margie Appel, at Auschwitz-Birkenau
Poland Personally: A Study Seminar to Poland / 2011
Poland Personally: A Study Seminar to Poland / Educators 2012
Poland Personally: A Study Seminar to Poland / Students 2012

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