SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR
THE GENERAL WWII HISTORY TOUR (5 HOURS):
Saska Kępa Defence - September 1939
Wawer Massacre - December, 1939
Ghetto Wall - September, 1940
Großaktion Warschau - July, 1942
Sabotage Actions - October, 1942
Jewish Ghetto Uprising - April, 1943
Warsaw Uprising - October, 1944
Destruction - 1944
Liberation - January, 1945
Rebuilding Warsaw - 1956
COST: 50 EURO PER PERSON
THIS TOUR IS OFFERED ON FOLLOWING MONDAYS IN WINTER 2020:
6th, 13th, 20th and 27th JANUARY 2020
3rd, 10th, 24th FEBRUARY 2020
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd MARCH 2020
START 10.00, END ca. 15.00 ticket price is 250 PLN / ca. 60 EURO per Person
THE meeting point for this tour is ALWAYS the parking lot right in front of the main entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science. This tour is intended to be conducted in the chronological order of events that occurred in Warsaw during the Second World War and to fill up a day on which most relevant museums are closed anyway. This provides the best and most accurate way of learning about the past. Since the city is so huge, we will be traveling relatively long distances to see places of special interest. During this time, I will provide you with all the information necessary to understand this history. I present it in a way that is easy for beginners of the subject to understand, but if you are already knowledgeable, then we can go into even more detail.
We departure from the central meeting point and start with the Saska Kępa District, the location closest to the heart of Warsaw where the German troops reached before the city surrendered. The local people are very proud to have held the lines to this point prior to the honorable defeat. Sadly, the city was forced to endure a victory parade after this defeat, which was attended by Hitler.
In Wawer, my own district, we will visit the location of the first significant act of German terror, which shocked civilians starting on Christmas in 1939.
Soon after these events, Jewish citizens were forcibly separated from the rest of society and put into the “Jüdischer Wohnbezirk,” or Jewish Ghetto. An 18-km (11-mile) ghetto wall was built, but only one single part still exists for us to visit. Later in 1942, around 300,000 Jews were brought to the “Umschlagplatz,” or collection point, and forcibly deported to Treblinka. In Spring 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto was destroyed.
Starting in 1939, many people in Warsaw successfully participated in various resistance acts. We will discover one of the most significant resistance acts of 1942, in which train tracks around Warsaw were blown up.
February 1944 was marked by the valiant effort of boys and girls from the Homeland Army who killed the most brutal police officer in Warsaw.
The 1944 Warsaw Uprising led to the complete destruction of the city. Finally, in January 1945, Soviet and Polish troops entered the ruins and the spirit of the city started to re-emerge. Let us see these important places in Warsaw together!