Jewish Quarter in Krakow – Kazimierz
The Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter during World War II
Jews in Krakow and they constituted almost 1/3 of the city’s population. Unfortunately, most of them were killed by the Nazis. Therefore, after the war Kazimierz was deserted and no one cared for the streets. Many older residents of Krakow remember Kazimierz as a ruined and even dangerous district of the city, inhabited by the poorer people. Fortunately, those times are over and Kazimierz began to attract artists, residents and of course, tourists with its atmosphere.
Jewish Quarter in Krakow today
Today, certainly Kazimierz is one of the most recognizable places in Krakow. This district is teeming with cultural and artistic life. The most crowded cafes, as well as famous studios and art galleries, are concentrated around Szeroka, Izaaka, Miodowa, Józefa streets and around Plac Nowy (Nowy Square).
Interesting places to visit
First of all In Kazimierz, there’re a lot of synagogues that you can enter – the Tempel Synagogue, the Remu Synagogue and probably the most popular Old Synagogue. There is a Jewish cemetery near the Remu Synagogue. Every year, the Jewish Culture Festival takes place on Szeroka Street. It is worth visiting the Galicia Jewish Museum. From time to time, the museum organises meetings with people who survived the Holocaust and share their stories in the museum building.
Another interesting place is the former city hall. The building was established right after the city’s location, in the center of Wolnica square. In 1414, a new brick town hall was built in its place, which was rebuilt and renovated many times. Today there is an Ethnographic Museum.
When you are in Krakow, Kazimierz is a must-see place. It is a completely different place than the Old Town, the Main Market Square. In addition You can also learn a lot about Jewish culture and food.