THIS WAS THE AGENDA FOR THE 2022 EDITION.
On the second day of the Pre-Departure Orientetion of the Elie Wiesel Study Tour 2022, our participants learned about the history of the Holocaust in Romania from Dr. Marius Cazan, expert at the “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania. Afterwards, they received valuable insights from Elie Wiesel Study Tour Alumni Bianca Pintilie, Vlad Marian Palangă and Madalin Blidaru. They told the participants of this edition about their Study Tour experience and how it influenced them. In the afternoon, Prof. Sorin Langu gave a seminar on anti-Semitism, Nazism and the Holocaust.
On August 22, the Elie Wiesel Study Tour participants joined the presentation ceremony of the Elie Wiesel Memorial House restoration project, organized by the US Embassy in Bucharest and the Maramureșean Museum in Sighetul Marmației.
August 23 was the first day of activity in Krakow, Poland, of the Elie Wiesel Study Tour 2022 participants. The day started with a touching guided tour of Schindler’s Factory. In the second part of the day the participants were given a speech by a representative of JCC Krakow about the Center and the Jewish Community of Krakow. After the activities they explored Krakow and Professor Langu Sorin spoke to them about the history of the city
The 7th day of the Elie Wiesel Study Tour was a day in which our participants enjoyed a guided tour of the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter. They learned about the life and customs of the local Jews. In the afternoon, Eliza Chirilă-Pop, Country Director American Councils – Romania, gave a workshop on how to implement a successful follow-on activity.
The eighth day of the Elie Wiesel Study Tour will surely remain in the memories of our participants. The visit to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau was an overwhelming one and one that etched the horrors that the victims of the Holocaust went through in the collective memory of the participants. They passed through places where victims were deported and subjected to unimaginable torment.
On the 10th day, the participants had a guided tour through the Jewish Quarter, Budapest, and a tour of the Holocaust Museum in the city. In the afternoon they visited the memorial “Shoes on the Danube Bank”, where Professor Langu explained to the participants the horrors the Hungarian Jews went through.
On the last day of the Elie Wiesel Study Tour 2022, our participants had a visit to Muzeon in Cluj, where they heard real stories of Romanian Jews. At the closing ceremony, all participants received diplomas to keep the memory of this project in physical form.