A Day in Krakow

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The Train Station

Kraków Główny railway station – Wikipedia

Kraków Główny Osobowy (commonly called Dworzec Główny, Polish for Main station) is the largest and the most centrally located railway station in Kraków. The building, constructed between 1844 and 1847 (architect: P.Rosenbaum), lies parallel to the tracks. The design was chosen to allow for future line expansion. The station was initially a terminus of the Kraków – Upper Silesia Railway (Kolej Krakowsko-Górnośląska, German: Obeschlesische-Krakauer Eisenbahn). Trains entered the trainshed via a brick archway at the northern end of the station which was almost doubled in size in 1871.[1]

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraków_Główny_railway_station

Kazimierz

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The Remu Synagogue and Cemetery

My relationship to Yisrael Isserles, whose matseva is behind me

At the matsevot of my ancestors

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Kupa Synagogue

First time in this shul – restored since I was last in Krakow.

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The Jewish Cemetery

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The Izaak Synagogue

Maariv with Rabbi Eliezer Gurary

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With Rabbi Eliezer Gurary

Klezmerhois

With Leopold Koslowski, King of Klezmer

Meeting Leopold Koslowski, still going strong!

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JCC Krakow

With Anna Gulinska
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Posters & Books

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Kazimierz – Wikipedia

Kazimierz (Polish pronunciation: [kaˈʑimʲɛʂ]; Latin: Casimiria; Yiddish: קוזמיר‎ Kuzimyr) is a historical district of Kraków and Kraków Old Town, Poland. Since its inception in the fourteenth century to the early nineteenth century, Kazimierz was an independent city, a royal city of the Crown of the Polish Kingdom, located south of Kraków Old Town and separated by a branch of the Vistula river. For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place of coexistence and interpenetration of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures, its north-eastern part of the district was historic Jewish, whose Jewish inhabitants were forcibly relocated in 1941 by the German occupying forces into the Krakow ghetto just across the river in Podgórze. Today Kazimierz is one of the major tourist attractions of Krakow and an important center of cultural life of the city.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimierz

The Ghetto

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Kraków Ghetto – Wikipedia

The Kraków Ghetto was one of five major, metropolitan Jewish ghettos created by Nazi Germany in the new General Government territory during the German occupation of Poland in World War II. It was established for the purpose of exploitation, terror, and persecution of local Polish Jews, as well as the staging area for separating the “able workers” from those who would later be deemed unworthy of life.[1] The Ghetto was liquidated between June 1942 and March 1943, with most of its inhabitants sent to their deaths at Bełżec extermination camp as well as Płaszów slave-labor camp,[2] and Auschwitz concentration camp, 60 kilometres (37 mi) rail distance.[3]

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraków_Ghetto

The River Vistula

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Vistula – Wikipedia

The Vistula (/ˈvɪstjʊlə/; Polish: Wisła [ˈvʲiswa], German: Weichsel [ˈvaɪksl̩], Low German: Wießel, Yiddish: ווייסל‎ Yiddish pronunciation: [vajsl̩]) is the longest and largest river in Poland, at 1,047 kilometres (651 miles) in length. The drainage basin area of the Vistula is 194,424 km2 (75,068 sq mi), of which 168,699 km2 (65,135 sq mi) lies within Poland (splitting the country in half). The remainder is in Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vistula

The Old Town

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Kraków Old Town – Wikipedia

Kraków Old Town is the historic central district of Kraków, Poland.[2] It is one of the most famous old districts in Poland today and was the center of Poland’s political life from 1038 until King Sigismund III Vasa relocated his court to Warsaw in 1596.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraków_Old_Town

Kazimierz by night

With Magda Brudzinska, klezmer singer

I bumped Magda in the square in the Kazimierz. I remembered her from her concert I attended at the Klezmerhois in 2011.  See video below

Magda also features in Judy Menczel’s movie – Pockets of Hope with Fay Sussman

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2 Replies to “A Day in Krakow”

  1. Great photos and information on Kraków where some of my ancestors lived in the 1700s and 1800s. I visited in 2013 as well as visiting Chrzanow where my Grandfather was born and Bielitz (Bielsko Biala now) where my grandmother was born and Beuthen (Bytom now) where my father was born. I has Shabbat dinner at JCC, attended an orthodox Synagogue, visited the Galician Jewish museum, Oscar Schindler factory in Podgorze where my grandmothers sister and her husband worked being saved from the Kraków ghetto. Their names are on Schindler List and can be seen in the museum. Unfortunately their 9 year old son was too young to be saved and was murderd in 1943 in Auchwitz when Kraków ghetto was cleared. Best wishes and good luck. Gregor Stone (Steinhauer) Sydney Australia.

  2. Eli….I am following your every move and excellent blog. Having been in Krakov,Warsaw…Vilna,Jonava….i feel as if I am there all over again.

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