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European Field Study 2009

This is an outline of the itinerary for the 2009 European Field Study. The route is also available as a map. We will replace this with the 2013 itinerary as soon as possible.

Location (click on hypertext for details)
July 19
[Canadian and Kraków students: depart in evening]
July 20
Afternoon: meet in Stuttgart; transfer to Bad Urach
July 21
Bad Urach (workshops)
July 22
Bad Urach (day visit to Nürnberg)
July 23
Bad Urach (workshops. plus visit to Buttenhausen)
July 24
Travel to Stuttgart (with visit to Grafeneck en route)
July 25
Stuttgart (free time plus afternoon seminar)
July 26
Travel to Berlin (with visit to Leonberg en route)
July 27
Berlin (visit and seminar at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz)
July 28
Berlin (day visit to Ravensbrück memorial site)
July 29
Berlin (visits to important sites & educational institutions)
July 30
Berlin (visit to Jewish Museum Berlin)
July 31
Berlin (small group visits to memorial sites)
August 1
Berlin (free time plus afternoon seminar)
August 2
Travel from Berlin to Kraków
August 3
Kraków (workshops and walking tour)
August 4
Kraków with daytrip to Oswiecim* [+ Auschwitz memorial]
August 5
Kraków with daytrip to Oswiecim* [+ Auschwitz memorial]
August 6
Travel from Kraków to Warszawa
August 7
Warszawa (workshops and site visits)
August 8
Warszawa (free time plus afternoon seminar)
August 9
Warszawa (walking and bus tour to important sites)
August 10
Warszawa (day visit to Treblinka memorial site)
August 11
Travel from Warszawa to Gniezno via Chelmno memorial
August 12
Gniezno (workshops and site visits)
August 13
Gniezno / Poznan* (workshops and site visits)
August 14
Return home


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Stuttgart-Bad Urach

After the air travellers arrive at Stuttgart airport, the group will assemble at picturesque Bad Urach, about an hour's drive from the airport, for orientation and instruction at the retreat house of the Baden-Württemberg Office for Democratic Education (Landeszentrale für politische Bildung). Baden-Württemberg is Ontario's partner region for university cooperation.

From Bad Urach, we will take daytrips to nearbyGrafeneck and
Buttenhausen. The former was a rural community with a relatively high Jewish population starting in the eighteenth century; the latter was a principal site of the Nazis' so-called "Euthanasia" program that accompanied and laid the groundwork for the organized murder of other groups under National Socialism.

We will also have a one-day field trip to  Nürnberg. The medieval city of Nürnberg was the site of the annual rallies of the National Socialist Party; and the former rally grounds now house a state-of-the art
 Documentation Centre and Museum which we will visit.


From Bad Urach we will travel to Stuttgart for the weekend. There we will have the opportunity to attend Shabbat services and church services, and to participate in an expert seminar. There will also be time to explore the city and do laundry.

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After time for church services, we will travel to Berlin, visiting the memorial site at Leonberg on the way.

The capital of the new Germany, Berlin provides many important historical and memorial sites of relevance to the project, as well as access to institutions of government and learning.

Our stay in Berlin will include visits to:

In addition to discussions within the group and with experts from the Berlin area, we are also planning:

  • Individual or small-group research trips to such sites as the Museum of the German Resistance, Karlshorst (documenting the role of the Soviet Union in World War II and in relations with former East Germany), and related sites
  • Shabbat service (optional) and dinner at the Berlin Jewish Community Centre.

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The cultural capital of Poland, Kraków is famous for its beautiful medieval town centre as well as for its castle, university, and impressive churches.  Its old Jewish Quarter has been restored, and the Ghetto area can be visited along with the Plaszów Concentration Camp and the site of Otto Schindler's factory. 

While in Kraków we can discuss recent developments with faculty from the Akademia Pedagogiczna (Pedagogical University), one of the Project's partner institutions. We will also use Kraków as a base from which to visit the nearby city of Oswiecim.

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This city is better known by the German name of the concentration and death camp system that has become synonymous with the Holocaust: Auschwitz.  We will work with experts at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau w Oswiecimiu). On separate days, we will visit the site at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau, one of the principal killing centres of the Holocaust. We will also visit the old town of Oswiecim including Jewish sites.

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Poland's capital city, Warsaw houses major political and educational resources of relevance to the project.  During our stay we will be welcomed by the Canadian Embassy and have meetings with experts from the Warsaw area. We will also visit:
  • The Warsaw "Old Town" (rebuilt after its destruction in World War II)
  • The Jewish Historical Institute and other Jewish sites, including the synagogue, the former Ghetto and the Jewish Cemetery
  • The memorial site of the former death camp of Treblinka, northeast of Warsaw.

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Gniezno / Poznan*

The Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, the Project's principal partner university in Poland, will host the group for our closing deliberations and project-planning for the follow-up colloquium that will take place at York University in February 2010. We may stay in
Gniezno, an early Polish capital city and for over a thousand years the seat of an archbishop. We will visit memorial sites in nearby
Zabikowo and Chelmno, as well as exploring the beautifully restored historic centre of Poznan itself.

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* Note: Because some Web Browsers and printers cannot reproduce the entire Polish alphabet, we have used alternative spellings for some words.

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