Poland tours focus on Jewish history


Tours of Poland that will focus on genealogical research, especially among Polish archival material, are being sponsored by the American Jewish Congress.

The tours, called "Routes to Roots," will take participants into branches of the Polish State Archives throughout Poland, including the archives at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Photocopying, photographing and videotaping will be allowed.

The tours will also feature lectures, cultural events and guided tours of historically important Jewish sites in Warsaw, Cracow and Lublin. They will be led by a genealogist, Miriam Weiner, of Secaucus, N.J., who will also conduct preliminary genealogical research for participants before departure.

The three 17-day trips will begin July 16, Aug. 20 and Oct. 8. Prices range from $3,395 to $3,495 a person, based on double occupancy, including air fare from New York, meals, hotels and admissions. More information: American Jewish Congress International Travel Program, (800) 221-4694.

Another tour focusing on Jewish cultural history and artistic artifacts in Eastern Europe is being offered by the Jewish Museum in New York.

The tour, June 5-19, will make stops in Warsaw, Cracow and Auschwitz in Poland; Prague, Czechoslovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. The price from New York is $3,899 a person, based on double occupancy, including air fare, hotels, most meals and all admissions. More information: Jewish Museum, (212) 399-3390.

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