Knesset in Poland.
International Parliamentary Delegation to Auschwitz-Birkenau
Organized by the Knesset
To mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims
of the Holocaust
Monday January 27th, 2014
(Draft Itinerary, TBC)
9am (or before): Arrival in Krakow Airport, Poland.
Members of EFI/IJC European Delegation will then be driven to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
10:30am: Arrival at grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The EFI/IJC Delegation will be formally welcomed by Mr. Peter Svernsky, the General Director of the
The delegation will then join, together with Members of Knesset, for a special private guided tour of the
Museum and grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Museum tour will end at 12:30pm
12:30pm: A short drive and symbolic walk to the entrance of Birkenau, together with other
Parliamentarians and Holocaust Survivors, for the Official Commemoration Ceremony to be held under
the auspices of the Polish Government.
1:00pm: Arrival at Birkenau Camp
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Official Commemoration Ceremony held by the Polish Government.
This will be a very moving ceremony, in which there will be some brief remarks made by 3 Holocaust
Survivors, in addition to high ranking representatives on behalf of the Polish, Russian and Israeli
Governments and the General Manager of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. A siren will mark the official
start of the ceremony and there will be a short musical interlude by a children’s choir.
The Parliamentary delegation will be joined by Holocaust survivors, representatives of major Jewish
organizations around the world and youth groups.
2:30pm – 3pm: A symbolic walk of approximately 100m by the entire Parliamentary delegation, together
with Holocaust survivors, representatives of Jewish communities and youth groups to the Crematorium at
3pm – 4pm: Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony at the Birkenau Monument
Candles will be lit by Holocaust Survivors, Speaker of the Knesset and high-ranking representatives of the
Polish and Russian Governments, in honor of the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust.
During this ceremony, an official Jewish mourner’s prayer will be recited and a group of Priests will then
read a special Christian prayer.
4pm: Depart Birkenau by bus to the Holiday Inn Krakow for the ‘Inter-Parliamentarian Gathering’.
This will be a special gathering of Members of Knesset, Congressmen from the U.S, Members of the
Canadian Parliament and European Parliamentarians, held under the auspices of the Knesset.
4:30-4:45pm: Arrival at Holiday Inn Krakow, where light refreshments and drinks will be served and you
will have opportunity to first have informal discussions with your Parliamentary colleagues before formal
5pm – 7pm: ‘Inter-Parliamentary Gathering’
The special gathering will commence by the lighting of 6 candles in honor of the memory of the victims of
the Holocaust. This will be done by 3 Members of Knesset, plus a Parliamentarian each on behalf of
Europe, United States and Canada.
During this event, Parliamentarians have opportunity to make brief 1-minute speeches on the topic
‘Reflections on the Holocaust’. However, due to the number of Parliamentarians in attendance and
limited time, speeches must be strictly limited to 1 minute.
This will be an historic and symbolic gathering of Parliamentarians, in which you will have the opportunity
to exchange in a dialogue with your colleagues from around the world and make brief remarks before all
those assembled at this special gathering.
7pm – 8pm*: The 2nd Meeting on the ‘European Forum of the Knesset’ (EFK) on strengthening relations
between Israel and Europe. Following the launch of the inaugural EFK event in Jerusalem in November
this year, this will be a follow-up meeting between European Parliamentarians and Members of Knesset
active on Israel-Europe relations.
(* At this stage this event is still TBC, however we are in discussions with the Knesset to finalize relevant
8.15pm: Special private dinner and reception at Holiday Inn Krakow for Parliamentarians, Holocaust
Survivors and other VIPs.
9pm: CONCLUSION of official part of the program and events marking the International Day of Holocaust
Remembrance, with departure from Krakow Poland the following morning.