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Without Kazimierz, the Jewish world would be as empty as a body without a soul. In a different time, in a different Kazimierz, Moses Isserles (the Remuh), one of the greatest Jewish scholars to ever live, said: “The aim of man is to search for the cause and the meaning of things”. Let’s follow his advice and go deeper into the history of the Jewish presence in Kraków.
Jews have lived in Poland for nearly a millennium. In the Middle Ages, the country became known for its religious tolerance and gave Jews an unprecedented degree of social autonomy. Expelled and suffering persecutions in many other European countries, Jews flocked to Poland and the population grew rapidly. Jewish culture and learning flourished in Kazimierz. By the mid-16th century, it was the most significant center of Jewish life in the world. Even today, Jews from all over the world travel to Kazimierz and Poland to find their family, cultural and spiritual roots. By the end of the 1930s, the Jewish community of Kraków constituted about 25% of the city’s population. Just like everyone else, Jewish Cracovians had their hopes, dreams, ideas and plans for the future. All of them were crushed by the war and the occupation. The streets of the former Kraków ghetto bear witness to the desperate struggle to survive, and the destruction of Kraków’s Jewish community.
Today’s Kazimierz is a very peculiar place. During the tour, you can experience many contradictory emotions all at once: joy at discovering the rich history, culture and traditions of Polish Jewry; sadness and nostalgia for the lost, pre-war world; excitement at witnessing the rebirth of Jewish life here. The uniqueness of Kazimierz can be measured by one more thing: its amazing transition from the worst slum in Kraków to the most vibrant and hip district of the city where the lights never go out.
On this 2 hours’ 30 minutes FREE Walkative! TOUR you will see and discover:
Final point: Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square)
This tour describes the crimes of the Nazi Germans during the war and the terrible fate of Kraków Jews. In order to get to know this grim chapter of history better it is necessary to visit the former Nazi camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
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Please note that the Walkative! guides are independent and thinking individuals. Depending on the guide, the tours may vary, but they are always designed to bring you lots of knowledge and fun.
Enjoyed walking around the Jewish synagogues and hearing about the history of Jews in Poland. ‘Big’ Tom in addition to his history lessons turned out to be quite a story teller sharing stories of the land. His communication style is pretty impressive and you will love having him as your guide.
Today we participated in a walking tour with Thomas “the tall guide”, to the Jewish quarter. Thomas showed great professionalism, and with great passion told us amazing stories about the history of the place. This is the first time ever that we have enjoyed a walking tour so much ! The tour was so rich in historical amazing details and so fascinating. There is no doubt that Thomas loves his job and conveys the stories of the place in a wonderful way ! Thank you so much, Aviva and Marcelo Wisznia
Tom was wonderful, full of knowladge and interesting. Very nice and lovely personality. We loved every minute of the tour. Not the most easy subject but with Tom’s nice and moving guidance and stories the tour was impressive
Emil showed us around the Jewish quarter of Krakow and was very informative. We walked around the entire area with Emil narrating and informing in many of the ancient buildings. Highly recommended, Emil is 5/5 stars!
We really enjoyed this tour. Thanks to Natalia, our enthousiastic guide, we really learned a lot about this quarter with a lot of interesting stories. We travelled through History and discover the contemporary jewish way of life….