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  • Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019

Exhibition at the Old Synagogue tells the story of the Kraków district which had undergone the most dramatic changes in the last century.

Founded in the 14th century, in the centuries that followed the city became a haven for Jewish settlers from all corners of the globe. It was also home to Jews expelled from Kraków in 1494 (they were not allowed to live in the main city until 1867). The tragic culmination of the history of Jewish Kazimierz was the Nazi occupation during the Second World War, with the residents first exiled to a ghetto on the other side of the Vistula River and from there to Nazi concentration camps. Very few survived the Holocaust, and most of the survivor left Poland at the end of the war.

During the communist era, Kazimierz became increasingly run down, and the new residents of the dilapidated buildings were generally regarded as second-class citizens. After many difficult years, the vibrant district is now full of life once again, and the charming streets, restored tenement houses, synagogues and churches attract tourists in their droves. (Dorota Dziunikowska, “Karnet”, monthly).

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