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Cracow Old Synagogue, now a museum of Judaism

The Old Synagogue in Szeroka (wide) Street is now a museum of Judaica. It houses religious clothing, vessels, knives and ceremonial items, accounts of Jewish beliefs and life. There is also a small art section depicting life in Jewish Cracow.... well worth visiting to find out about Cracow's pre-war Jewish population and their way of life.

Szeroka Street incorporates a park with a monument erected by the Nissenbaum Foundation commemorating Jewish victims of the Nazi occupation of Poland.


Jewish Cracow

Prior to WW2 Cracow had a thriving Jewish population that was centred around the Kazimierz district of Cracow.

The Poles and Jews co-existed amicably. Many Jewish people had Polish names like Grzegorz, Jarek and Annia


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Jewish Restaurants and Cafes

There are still a few remaining Jewish restaurants in Szeroka street, plus a few shops owned by Jews in the small street off of it leading to ulica Bartosza.

Jewish Heritage CracowThe Jewish Heritage Route is well-signposted leading to all synagogues, the old and new Jewish cemeteries, museums and cultural centre. It is marked by a green dotted line on the map (click for larger image).

Anyone with an interest in the history of Cracow would enjoy following the Jewish Heritage Route - there's plenty to see and experience. The High Synagogue offers a photographic exhibition of former Jewish Cracowians. The thing that struck me when visiting was how similar the Jewish community was to Poles; they held Polish names and appeared to integrate with Polish life; their children belonged to scout groups, they went skiing in Zakopane, enjoyed holidays in Poland, just like everyone else.

A photo of Oskar Schindler is included in the display plus people he saved through his list.

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