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The Holocaust Remembered - The Moving Story of Anne Frank & Oscar Schindler

12 Day Tour from £999.00

The Holocaust was one of the darkest chapters in 20th century history, claiming at least six million victims. The stories connected with it are both shocking and heart-rending, and at times difficult to make sense of, acting as a warning for future generat

Itinerary

12-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Holland for an overnight stay.
  • Day 2 – Today we travel to Amsterdam and begin to follow the story of the Frank Family with a look at the exterior of Anne Frank’s House. On 6th July 1942, Otto and Edith Frank went into hiding in the ‘Secret Annex’ of their home, with their daughters Margot and Anne. They were later joined by Hermann, Auguste and Peter van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer. Here they stayed for twenty-five months until the hiding place was betrayed in August 1944. The people in hiding were deported to the Westerbrok Transit Camp. Every Tuesday between July 1942 and September 1944 a train left the camp full of prisoners for Auschwitz/ Birkenau. Anne Frank and her family were put in one of the last three trains to leave Westerbork for Auschwitz in September 1944 just ahead of the Allied Armies entering the area. It is said that Anne and her sister were kept in one of the reconstructed huts on the site. We spend time at the camp and visit its museum before we continue to Hannover for an overnight stay. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – Continuing Anne Frank’s story we visit Bergen-Belsen. After a month at Auschwitz, Anne Frank and her sister Margot were transported to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp, where thousands of people were dying of hunger and sickness every day. Margot and Anne both contracted typhus and died within a short time of each other in March 1945, only a few weeks before the liberation. We visit the site of the camp with its superb Holocaust Interpretation Centre and later have lunch in nearby Celle before continuing to Berlin where we stay for three nights. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – In Berlin we begin at the Holocaust Memorial, visit the area that was the nerve-centre of the Third Reich and see the Topography of Terror exhibition area. After lunch we travel to west Berlin and visit 'Gleis 17' – a platform on a local railway station where thousands of Jews were deported from Berlin to Concentration Camps in the East. It now stands as a moving memorial to this sad chapter in Berlin’s past. At Wannsee we visit the conference centre where arguably the decision to carry out the ‘Final Solution’ was made (entrance subject to modern day conferences not taking place). Breakfast
  • Day 5 – On our second day in Berlin we travel to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, a site which its Soviet liberators continued to use as a place of terror into the Cold War. We return to central Berlin for free time or you can join our optional tour of WWII military history sites. Breakfast
  • Day 6 – Leaving Berlin we travel into Poland and stop at Wroclaw. Once the German city of Breslau, it had a large Jewish population and later became a ‘Festung’ - a defended town - in 1945, finally surrendering to the Russians in May 1945. We have lunchtime here and free-time to explore the city centre, which shows many signs of WWII. We then continue to our hotel in Krakow for three nights. Breakfast
  • Day 7 – In Kraków we visit the Oscar Schindler Factory and learn the amazing story behind the man who worked tirelessly to save as many of the city’s Jews as he could. The factory site is now a museum. We take a look at the site of the Krakow Ghetto and see Heroes Square. Breakfast
  • Day 8 – At Auschwitz we visit what has become one of the enduring symbols of the horror that was the Holocaust. We take a guided visit of Auschwitz before moving onto the vast site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated one million died in the ‘Final Solution’. A sobering but memorable day which brings together many of the Holocaust stories we follow on the tour. Breakfast
  • Day 9 – Leaving Poland we journey into the Czech Republic, and in Prague, follow the story of Operation Anthropoid (now the subject of a Hollywood movie): the assassination of SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. Overnight in Prague. Breakfast
  • Day 10 – This morning we travel to Terezin – once Theresienstadt. This former Austro-Hungarian fortified town was turned into a Concentration Camp by the Nazis and used by them as a propaganda tool to give the impression that such camps were simply for detention. We stay tonight in Bavaria. Breakfast
  • Day 11 – We visit the Congress Hall in Nuremberg. Once a symbol of the power and might of the Third Reich, it now houses a museum chronicling the rise and fall of the Nazis and linking it with the Holocaust story. We end our tour at the Nuremberg Courthouse where those who had orchestrated the Holocaust were tried after WWII; a fitting place to end our moving journey. We continue to Belgium for an overnight stay. Breakfast
  • Day 12 – We leave our overnight hotel this morning for the Channel port for our return crossing to the UK. You will leave your tour coach behind as you board your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point. Breakfast

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