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Letter to the EditorCancelling trips to Poland would silence the community

Now is the time to travel to Poland

Amazing Journeys, a Pittsburgh-based travel company, is also moving forward with a trip to Poland in October. They plan to address to law, and its consequences, while there.

Educators, students and lay leaders joined Classrooms Without Borders on a 2017 trip to Poland, one of many trips that organizations lead to Poland from Pittsburgh. The group poses for a photo in the town of Kielce, Poland. (Photo by Jahee Cho)
Educators, students and lay leaders joined Classrooms Without Borders on a 2017 trip to Poland, one of many trips that organizations lead to Poland from Pittsburgh. The group poses for a photo in the town of Kielce, Poland. (Photo by Jahee Cho)

I could not agree more with continuing to bring Jewish groups to Poland (“Local trips to Poland will continue despite new Holocaust law,” March 16). Amazing Journeys, a Pittsburgh-based travel company, is also moving forward with our trip to Poland in October.

We understand this is a highly emotional issue, but by not bringing groups to Poland, we would be defeated and silenced; that is definitely not what we want to portray. We plan on having open and frank conversations about the issues this law is presenting, and it a will be an interesting educational topic that will be addressed during the trip.

Travel is about exploration and having meaningful experiences, dialogues with locals and building bridges. Boycotting Poland means isolating the Polish Jewish community, which is counterproductive and silences the possibility of dialogue with well-meaning Poles. We think now is an important time to go to Poland and learn about the history of our people.

Erin Herman
Amazing Journeys, Pittsburgh

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