Central Europe in Focus: Warsaw

From birthplace of a poor fisherman’s twins to Polish capital, the story of Warsaw is as entertaining as strolling through its historic quarters, parks or museums. Spend two hours with Jo Gerk discovering this exciting metropolis on the Vistula river and enjoy stories of a mermaid, basilisk and golden duck, as well as the city’s famous sons and daughters such as Frederic Chopin, Józef Korzeniowski, Maria Skłodowska or Jerzy Popiełuszko.

This course will be delivered both face-to-face at WEA Sydney and online via the online platform Zoom simultaneously. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer if they are attending via Zoom or have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling into the face-to-face class.

SUGGESTED READING

  • To kill a priest: the murder of Father Popieluszko and the fall of Communism / Kevin Ruane. Gibson Square London, 2004.
  • Ghetto Diary / Janusz Korczak. Yale University Press, New York, 2003.
  • Warsaw 1920: Lenin's failed conquest of Europe / Adam Zamoyski. Harper Press, London, 2008
  • Warsaw 1944: the fateful uprising / Alexandra Richie. William Collins, London, 2013
  • Variety of guide books such as Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, Frommer’s or others.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • History: Replacing the medieval capital of Cracow, Warsaw now spans four centuries of being Poland’s political, cultural and economic heart.
  • Architecture: Despite wide spread WWII destruction a tremendous rebuilding effort has revived the historical Old Town, which is complemented by 19th century Praga District and many modern buildings constructed since the demise of communism in 1989.
  • Museums: Whether one’s interest is on art, history or science, Warsaw offers plenty of museums. Not least dedicated to its famous former residents Copernicus and Chopin.
  • Jewish Life: Originally prohibited within the city limits, Warsaw’s Jewish population swelled to large numbers prior to Nazi extermination in the Ghetto during WW II. An exciting museum documents Jewish Life in Poland.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Name the historic events and associated sites and sights of Warsaw.
  2. Describe the various museums and art collections.
  3. Appreciate the history of Jewish Life in Warsaw and Poland as a whole.
$39 Limited

<p>From birthplace of a poor fisherman’s twins to Polish capital, the story of Warsaw is as entertaining as strolling through its historic quarters, parks or museums. Spend two hours with Jo Gerk

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04 May
$39 Limited

<p>From birthplace of a poor fisherman’s twins to Polish capital, the story of Warsaw is as entertaining as strolling through its historic quarters, parks or museums. Spend two hours with Jo Gerk

...
04 May

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