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a Private Tour.
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.
Max’s tour was brilliant. His delivery is concise, energetic and engaging. He has deep subject expertise and dealt with difficult parts of the history with sensitivity and nuance. Couldn’t recommend more.
Max was amazing. Very informative and kept engaging with the group.
Fantastic way of understanding the dark history of Jewish story of town by combining the film story and facts of the incidents. Wonderful story telling of the town.
Max is a wonderful, skilled guide. His pacing is perfect, as he provides important, researched information & context without overwhelming participants. He allowed time for reflection & regularly invited the group to ask questions or share observations. It is apparent Max has invested time & effort in learning about Polish Jewish history as he shared a story of a rich cultural heritage, doing so thoughtfully & with respect & sensitivity. I left the tour with a much deeper appreciation of the long & important histories of Jewish Polish communities.
Lucy was a great tour guide and took us all on an informative and important tour of the Jewish Quarter. Highly recommend.