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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)
After walking around Jewish district and the former ghetto we recommend taking Schindler’s Factory and Communist Kraków – Nowa Huta tours to understand history of Kraków better!
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.
I have experienced many city tours with Walkative! And can definitely recommend these amazing guys! Last time I joined them in Krakow (PL) for this Jewish Kraków tour with Ania. It was so interesting despite of cold weather. Ania shared interesting facts rather than boring history which is attractive way for me. Also she has wonderful sense of humor which helps to make this tour interactive and remarkable. The only moment about Jewish Krakow is that I expected more stories about life of Jewish people besides Holocaust and synagogues, i.e. how they worked, which shops they had, how their homes looked like inside and outside. But generally I learnt a lot about Jewish history and think everyone should know about them.
Max and Katarina were brilliant guides. We did the Jewish Kraków tour and the Kraków Old Town tour and both were really insightful. I would definitely recommend both tours.
A tour with Tomasz was just amazing. We’ve learned a lot about the history of the place. Big Tom catches the attention at first glance and you want to listen to all his stories. A great storyteller, a great professional. It was a pleasure to join this wonderful tour. Thank you 😍
Tomasz (Big Tom) is a great storyteller and brought a lot of stories of real people and knowledge. It was a really great insight of the history of Kazimierz and the Jewish life in Kraków. We really enjoid our tour and learnt a lot.
It was a wonderful tour, we learnt a lot about the jewish experience. Big Tom brought along photos and stories about the people there. We also talked about Schindler’s list and it was overall pretty good. We would definitely recommend it!