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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.
We had Lucy as our guide! Despite the bad weather, the rain and the cold, she managed to keep us up and above giving us the right amount of information. The time literally flew.! A wonderful experience!
Jakub was great. It was like a best history lesson ever. He had bonus facts for us too. The area is quite different and so beautiful. Eye-opening. Highly recommneded
The tour through Kazimierz and the Kraków Ghetto with charming Big Tom was unbelievably interesting and very emotional for me – simply a tour that I will remember for a very long time. Big Tom delivers this significant and deeply sad part of Kraków’s history very sensitively, informatively and with a personal touch. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour – you will be in great hands with Big Tom aka. Tomasz.
I had the chance to visit to Jewish quarter with Tomasz. Obviouly, we learned about history and struggles, but the whole lesson was delivered with such passion and humanity that I feel I learned something a lot more valuable about humanism in tragic situation. Something that will stay with me.
My friend and I (females in our 20s from the USA) really enjoyed the Jewish Quarter walking tour in English! Emil was our guide and he knew so much about Jewish history in Krakow. He gave a great in-depth history while also covering some basics for those who know little about the Jewish faith in general. It was clear he was knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. We learned a lot about buildings and places you normally wouldn’t look twice at or make a destination, which was wonderful! He also pointed out a couple filming locations from Schindler’s List. I think the tour could be slightly shorter, my back was starting to hurt from standing on concrete for hours. But overall, we really enjoyed and would highly recommend!