This district is a bit further than Kazimierz and was the locale of the Krakow Ghetto. Here, you can see a part of the wall built and also 2 museums, the more notable is the former Schindler's Factory. Here also is the town square. A memorial consisting of larger than life chairs was erected symbolizing the very spot where the jews sat and waited for the trains that would take them to their fate in the camps at Auschwitz/Birkenau.
The original factory of Oskar Schindler is now a comprehensive museum on the Jews of Krakow from 1938 to 1945. The bulk of the museum describes life under the Nazis. In chronological order, the museum uses a combination of artefacts, actual photographs and and in some places, sounds, to give the visitor a sense of the events. Admission is charged.
Another museum is the Pharmacy under the Eagle. It belonged to chemist Tadeusz Pankiewicz, who during the war, helped the people of the ghetto in every way he could, thus like Schindler, earning a place amongst the Righteous amongst nations at Yad vashem in Israel. Though only part of the museum is set up as it was, the rest is a small yet comprehensive museum about not only him, but the ghetto as a whole. Various photos and letters help comprise a picture of the time and place.
Here also, a small admission is charged.
The 2nd part of the free walking tour of the Jewish Quarter was in another neighborhood called Podgorze which is south of the Vistula (Wisla) River. In March 1941 the Jews were forced to move here from Kazimierz into the ghetto, sealed off by high walls. In March 1943 the population that still survived was either moved to a forced labor camp in Plaszow, executed or sent to an extermination camp.
We crossed over the bridge on ul. Starowislna from Kazimierz to visit the center of what was the Jewish ghetto, Pl. Bohaterow Getta, where you will now find an open expanse dotted with metal chairs, a memorial to the Jewish people. The idea for the memorial came from the memoir of pharmacist who witnessed the Nazis ransacking the homes and smashing the remaining furniture when they cleared out the ghetto in March 1943.
A little further on you can see part of the ghetto wall and another short walk will take you to Oskar Schindler's factory, a museum is scheduled to open here in June 2010.
Re: SCHINDLER AND KAZIMIER TOUR
Posted: Wed November 19, 2008 11:12 PM CET
Why not to discover/visit it on your own?
Search in the internet-there are few pages in English about places mentioned above.You can also buy a lot of guide books about this subject in English here. So after visit Kazimierz go on Plac Bohaterow Getta, then see Shindler's factory, discover remains of Nazi ghetto walls, climb on Lasoty Wzgorze (hill), then walk by pedestrian bridge on Krakusa Kopiec (mound).The Shindler's list was shooted close by in the former rock mine have a look or even go downstairs.There is a tiny path (you don't feel there as you are in the city), which will connect you with Plaszow camp.Not much left there.You can find remains of former before the war jewish (religion) cementary, the big monument, the small monument on the oposite side of the camp- unfortunately no Polish text only Hebrew on it (so I don't know what is written- a bit strange).You can also see the camp commander (sent to death after the war)house.Unfortunately there are no information signs in Plaszow camp so visiting this place demands effort- but some people do it.If you want more detailed instructions I can prepare them for you (as much as I can).
Here are some links related to rhis subject:
The Jewish getto on Krakow was constructed acorss the river Wisla in the Podgorze. There is not much left that from the getto. But there is a stretch of wall, that the Nazi's built to keep the Jews in the getto, still standing.
Notice how the wall looks like tombstones.
The Former Jewish Ghetto.
Not much remains of the Ghetto. The old Ghetto Pharmacy (under the Eagle) at Plac Bohaterow Getta is about all there is. It now houses an exhibition devoted to the Ghetto period.