JEWISH HERITAGE and HOLOCAUST
The history of Jews in Poland dates back over a millennium. For centuries, Poland was home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world.
In Hebrew the name Poland is pronounced as Polin, which was often interpreted as po (here) lin ([you should] dwell). So Jewish people settled here, built their synagogues, houses, workshops. They significantly contributed to the economy and culture of this country.
Today we can trace some relics of the life that used to flourish here. In big cities and little towns (shtetls) all over the country you can find buildings of old synagogues, schools, orphanages, cemeteries, streets with old wooden houses, or like in Cracow, the whole former Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) with well preserved architecture. You may enjoy traditional Jewish meal and listen to live Klezmer Music.
WW II resulted in the death of 90% of Polish Jews.
In Poland there are now many sites commemorating the struggle and martyrdom of the Jewish people.
The most frequently visited Nazi concentration and extermination camps are: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Treblinka, Belzec, Chelmno, Sobibor.
Since the collapse of communism in 1989 there has been a renewal of Jewish life in Poland. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which was open in Warsaw in October 2014, is also part of this story. I am a licensed guide to this Museum and I have been working there since its opening date.
Tell us what your interests are, which places you would like to visit and we shall plan the itinerary of your visit together with you.
If required I could do some genealogical research prior to your visit. Please, see also my suggestions included in "JEWISH WARSAW","AROUND WARSAW"and"POLIN - Museum of the history of Polish Jews"
You are welcome to contact me.
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