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Kraków and Auschwitz for student groups – footsteps of Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler (German) was born but as adult he left for Kraków in order to get rich during World War II. He co-operated with the Nazis and thanks to corruption, his factory located in Zabłocie Street was growing. That is why he started to employ Jews from the nearby Plaszow prison. Schindler, who, in his youth, had more contacts with Jews then with Arians, gradually understood there tragedy as he witnessed chicanes, attacks and murders that Jews fell victim too. Extremely shocked, he lost his influence and worked on a secret plan to free the prisoners. Putting his own life at risk, he saved more than 1 000 Jews. In 1961, the survivors and their descendants planted a tree to Schindler’s honour in . He died in 1974.
Now you will have the opportunity to visit places, spots and original scenes, where Oskar Schindler spent most of his time during his stay in . In hommage to Schindler, Steven Spielberg has made a film entitled “Schinler’s List” (the winner of  7 “Oscars”).


1st Day
Arrival in Cracow and check in in the hotel. After a short break departure for a guided tour via the beautiful streets of Old Town in Kraków and the largest market square in Europe – Rynek Główny (in medieval Europe it was the meeting place of Kraków burghers and merchants from all over the Europe), you can meet inhabitants sitting in the gardens of pubs and restaurants of Kraków and hear the Bugle Call, played from the taller tower of St. Mary’s Church every hour to four sides of the world. Entrance to the St. Mary’s Church with one of the largest Gothic altars in Europe which was carved in linden wood by Master Veit Stoss. 
Dinner in the hotel.

2nd Day
After breakfast guided tour in Kazimierz District. At the present Kazimierz is one of the most popular districts of the city, thanks to its rich tradition and the atmosphere enabling us to feel the „spirit” of its former inhabitants. Entrance to Remuh Synagogue, one of the few left in Cracow . It couldn't have held more than eighty or ninety people, but then there aren't that many Jews left in the city. Before the war, there had been as many as 70,000. Between 200 and 300 remained. On the synagogue grounds is an ancient and historic cemetery. Our guide tell you about History of Jews in Krakow . In museum Galicja you will listen to a lecture on the subject “Jewish culture in Cracow – past and present”.
Dinner in restaurant in Kazimierz district with the concert of Klezmer music.  

3rd Day
After breakfast you will follow the Oskar Schindler footsteps. Entrance to museum – factory
of Oskar Schindler – which is housed in what used to be the administrative building of the former Oskar Schindler factory, Emalia. The wartime history of the factory, its owner Oskar Schindler, and the Jewish prisoners of the Płaszów camp became known primarily thanks to Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List. It is the intention of the museum to show the history of the factory in ul. Lipowa in a broader historical context, and provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the history of Kraków under the occupation. Its central figure is the city and its inhabitants, Polish and Jewish communities confronted with the German occupiers. The exhibition shows all the problems of a time which had unusual significance for the later history of not only Kraków but and the whole of Europe , as well as the figure of Oskar Schindler and the fates of the Jews saved by him. Thanks to a presentation of Oskar Schindler, the man – director of the factory in which the museum is currently housed and also one of the many wartime heroes – visitors will be able to get to know what this time was really like, to become aware of the fear, uncertainty, pain and terror accompanying not only the Jews, but all the inhabitants of Kraków.
Next you will visit Apteka Pod Orłem (Eagle Pharmacy) – the pharmacy was founded in 1919 and was the only one, and its owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz the only non-Jew that were inside of the Cracows Ghetto during the II World War. During that time the building of the pharmacy became the meeting point of Jewish artist and scientists, within its rooms many of people found the shelter from the deportation, later on escaping abroad. Pankiewicz and his assistants helped to smuggle through the ghetto borders food, precious things , messages. During the deportation the pharmacy stuff gave out the bandages and medicines needed. After the death of the owner the building has been changed into museum that shows the history of Worlds War II Jewish Holocaust, and shows the importance of the pharmacy during Nazi occupancy. 
Dinner in the hotel.

4th Day
After breakfast trip to departure to Auschwitz - which is the German version of the Polish Oświęcim,
is known worldwide as the site of a notorious Nazi concentration camp. The first section of the concentration camp, Auschwitz I, was established immediately after the Nazi occupation of in September 1939. Among its first prisoners were the professors of Krakow’s Jagiellonian University , many of whom died here. In all about 120,000 Poles, Gypsies and other nationalities died or were executed in this section of the Auschwitz concentration camp. In 1942 the second section, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was built for the sole purpose of housing and exterminating Jews brought here by train from all over Europe. Parts of both camps have been preserved as a memorial to those that died.  Dinner in the hotel.

5th Day
After breakfast - departure.                                     








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