Before the beginning of the tour, between July 29th and 30th, a preparatory seminary was held in Bucharest at CCSS Tei. At the seminary, we had speakers from both Romania and the US, talking about discrimination, hate speech and the stages of genocide. The seminary has the purpose of going through some aspects related to the topic of the study tour, historical, cultural and political implications of the Holocaust and the attendance is mandatory for all the study tour participants.

Our tour started on July 31st, early in the morning. We head together to Sighetu Marmației, where we spend the first night. August 01st is our second tour day. Today, we visited the Elie Wiesel Memorial House. After a culturally rich day, we move forward to Krakow.

The third study tour day, is the day when we visit Schindler’s Factory and in the afternoon, we’ll have a set of discussions about the Holocaust. We have also planned a movie night.

During day 4, guided tour will allow us to discover the Krakow Kazimierz Jewish Quarter and we’ll get to know more about the history and meanings of this place.


On August the 4th, we have scheduled the visit to Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and Museum. After a 6 hour guided tour we return to Krakow, where a follow-up planning session will be held. It’s going to be a full day, but it will end with dinner in town.

On day 6, we’ll continue our cultural tour with Slovakia, where we’ll visit the Spiski Hrad Synagogue and the Bardejov Jewish Quarter. In the evening, we’ll head to Budapest.

The 7th day includes visits to Budapest Great Synagogue and the Kazinsky synagogue. Later on, we’ll walk aroud the Jewish district in Budapest and we’ll visit the Jewish Museum in Budapest. In the afternoon, we’ll go for a walk along the Danube to see the Memorial Shoes.

Day 8 is when we are heading back to Romania, after a morning debriefing session. We’ll spend the night in Cluj-Napoca and the next morning we leave for Bucharest.

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