On the eve of the WW2 Warsaw was a vibrant center of Jewish life and culture. It was the world second largest Jewish community after New York, home to almost 370 000 Jews, one third of city’s population. This world was almost completely annihilated during the Holocaust, with most of the community murdered by Germans in the gas chambers of Treblinka, few hours away from Warsaw. But the Jewish life, though much ruined, has managed to survive. Join us on an amazing journey of discovering the richness of prewar life, horrors of the Holocaust and the energy of contemporary Jewish life, still in process of reshaping itself.
We will start by visiting unique remnants of the ghetto wall at Złota st., then walk to Grzybowski square with the only still standing prewar synagogue built by the Nożyk family. In the second part of our tour we will visit Jewish Historical Institute and see the Ghetto Heroes Monument. This unique memorial from 1948 stands in front of the recently opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews, known as POLIN Museum. Then we will walk the Memorial Route to Miła 18, where in May 1943 Mordechai Anielewicz, commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising took his own life. We will end by the Umschlagplatz where Jews were rounded up before being taken to trains bound for Treblinka.
NOTE: in order to make the most of the tour, we recommend using our efficient public transport (15 PLN for a 24h ticket). We will be also happy to arrange a car for you shall you need one – please see our price list.
During this 4 hour tour you will:
Visit a house once divided by the ghetto wall
Discover the diversity of the prewar Jewish Warsaw with more than 440 prayer houses
Walk one of the just few streets that survived the war
See a unique floor with traces of the explosion of one of the biggest synagogues in Europe