Jewish Cracow (city break)

Interested in Jewish culture? Check our tour trough Jewish Cracow tour. Who does not know famous Kazimierz district? Time to see some other places in Cracow related to Jewish art and culture. Let us invite You to city break around most Jewish places in Cracow!

Trip to Kazimierz.

Visit to the 15th century Old Synagogue, which is the oldest, still remaining Jewish sacred building in Poland. During the Second World War the building was used by the Germans as a warehouse. Behind the synagogue is a cemetery, one of the oldest of its kind in Europe with numerous 16th, 17th and 18th tomb stones. Next interesting stop would be Eagle Pharmacy. Its owner, Tadeusz Pankiewicz, run it through the entire period of Cracow’s ghetto (1941-43). It became a meeting place for Jewish scholars, artists and writers closed in the ghetto. Nowadays the pharmacy hosts a permanent exhibition about its functioning during the war period. It could not be created without a financial support of a famous Polish film maker, Roman Polański, who dedicated for its needs an award from the Foundation of Polish Culture. Its owner, Tadeusz Pankiewicz, and other pharmacists working there provided medicaments, food, fake documents, money and letters to the Jews. In 1983 Pankiewicz was awarded with a title “Rightous among the Nations”.

Visit Galicya Jewish Museum, which cultivates the tradition of the Jewish culture, which existed in this area more than 70 years ago. It is located in a former furniture manufacture and apart from the exhibitions it is a great place to host concerts, plays and seminars. The core of the exhibition are the photographs “Traces of Memory” taken by British photographer Chris Schwarz and a professor Jonathan Webber in small villages and towns of northern Poland. They present still remaining reminiscent of Jewish life and culture in those areas. The museum has a center of multimedia data, which has a growing collection of documentary movies on Jewish history and Holocaust. Some parts of it are the relations collected by USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

The center also takes care of local “Rightous among the Nation”. For art enthusiasts we recommend a visit to National Museum in Cracow. Apart from a rich collection of Polish pieces of art from different centuries, one will find there a vast collection of judaica, which were bought already before the Second World War. Among it are precious silverwear and goldware from XVII and XVIII c., used during religious festivities and family parties. The first view of the city comes from “The World Chronicle” by Hartmann Schedl from 1943. Walk along Joseph St (Ulica Józefa) famous for its bohemian climate. Here you will find art galleries selling both old and modern art, antique bookshops and stalls with souvenirs. XVI c. synagogue, called the High Synagogue (Wysoka) owes its name to the location of the praying room on the first floor.