Discovering Krakow's Jewish Culture and Heritage

Poland, Krakow Guide (B): Discovering Krakow's Jewish Culture and Heritage

It is no secret that the Polish Jews suffered during World War II. Today, thousands of visitors come to Krakow to rediscover Krakow's dark past, which also includes Jewish history, culture and heritage. Jews began immigrating to Krakow in the 12th Century, and during the 15th Century they settled primarily in the Kazimierz neighborhood. 

Before World War II, 64,000 Jews lived in Krakow, working in trades such as banking, craftsmanship, and owning restaurants. There were six prominent synagogues in town. During the war, many Jews were displaced, either to concentration camps, the Jewish ghetto of Schindler's Factory. In fact, Schindler saved approximately 1,200 Jews. 

After the war, approximately 10% (three to four thousand Krakow Jews) survived, many of which did not return home to Poland. Today, the Jewish culture revived itself, thanks to the small percentage of Jews who returned to Krakow to reinstate it's heritage. Whether you're searching for history or a good meal, there is plenty of Jewish history to discover while in Krakow.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Discovering Krakow's Jewish Culture and Heritage
Guide Location: Poland » Krakow
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Schindler's Factory   Ghetto Heros Square   Plac Nowy   Galeria Lue Lue   Center for Jewish Culture   Szeroka Street   Ariel   Kuchnia Domowa   Old Synagogue   Remuh   Wolf Popper's Synagogue   Jewish Cemetery   Tempel Synagogue   Isaac's Synagogue   Kupa Synagogue   Jadlodajnia Wczoraj I Dzis   Galicia Jewish Museum  
Author: Elizabeth Kovar
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