Duration 4 - 5 hours
Before the Second World War, Warsaw was inhabited by the largest, after New York, Jewish community in the world. The Jewish citizens made 30% of the city's total population.
The Jewish intelligentsia, industrialists, merchants, craftsmen and workers had lived here for generations. They built their homes, businesses and prayer houses in Warsaw. There were Yiddish theatres and yeshivas here. Many magazines and newspapers were published in the Yiddish language.
But then the Second World War broke out and the Holocaust took place...
Has anything survived?
Let us explore the relics and the historical sites connected with the history of Warsaw Jewish people.
On this tour we shall visit:
The Nozyk Synagogue,
the only pre-war synagogue that survived till today. It is a functioning synagogue.
one of the few remaining fragments of Jewish Warsaw.
The Jewish Cemetery
(established in 1807 and still functioning)
with many richly ornamented old tombstones (not to be missed!) It is the resting place for people well known in the history of Jewish Community and in the history of Warsaw and Poland.
The cemetery is closed to the visitors on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and on Jewish holidays.
Fragments of the Ghetto Wall from 1940.
The site of the former Ghetto where today one can see:
- Memorial to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.
- Bunker at Mila 18, the monument which is the grave of the ghetto fighters who died in the ruins of the bunker on May 8, 1943.
Umschlagplatz Monument, the site of the former railway platform from which the Jewish people were forced onto the trains taking them to gas chambers of the Nazi extermination camps.
- Memory Lane marked with black granite blocks. The inscriptions engraved on each of the stones tell us about the heroes and the events from the ghetto history.
Chlodna Street where in early 1942 a wooden footbridge was built to connect the small and the large ghetto. At Chlodna 20 there is also a house where Adam Czerniakow, the chairman of the Jewish Community (Judenrat) lived.
EXTEND YOUR TOUR WITH A VISIT TO:
Polin - The Museum of the History of Polish Jews
opened on October 28, 2014. I am a licensed guide authorized to tour you around the exhibition narrating about the 1000 years' presence of Jews in Poland. This very attractive Museum consists of eight galleries. We may view the entire exhibition in two (or more) hours. You may also select one or several galleries during your visit. See the the separately Suggested Tour.
The Jewish Historical Institute which houses an exhibition of old religious objects, paintings and sculpture by Jewish artists, but the highlight here is an impressive movie made by the Nazi in the ghetto.
For those who are interested in the genealogical research of their Jewish ancestors living once in Poland, it might be worth visiting the research centre at the Institute (open on the week-days).
The Institute is closed on Saturdays.
There are a few other Jewish buildings like the Janusz Korczak Orphanage, Jewish Students' Hostel or the former Mikvah building. They have survived the last war and although at present some of the buildings serve different purposes they are really worth seeing. So if you plan to spend more time on the Jewish Warsaw Tour, please e-mail me and I will prepare the itinerary for you
See also the suggested one-day-trip to TREBLINKA extermination camp and to TYKOCIN.
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