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The Jewish History of Warsaw

  • Warsaw
  • Available in: Spanish

About the guru Polonia Walking Tours

Hello, we are a group of guides passionate about history, travel, tourism and guidance, with the desire to share our knowledge, secrets and information of the city with you. We are your guides with the WHITE umbrella. Our policy is to offer nearby tours with small groups and a pleasant atmosphere. Avoid other tours with large crowds. In addition, we will help you in ever... More »

Hello, we are a group of guides passionate about history, travel, tourism and guidance, with the desire to share our knowledge, secrets and information of the city with you. We are your guides with the WHITE umbrella. Our policy is to offer nearby tours with small groups and a pleasant atmosphere. Avoid other tours with large crowds. In addition, we will help you in everything you need so that your experience is complete and you do not waste your estimated time

About the tour

To talk about the history of Warsaw is to talk about the notorious presence of the Jewish community in the city for a very long time. A devastating fact was the census of Jews in the prelude to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. At that time almost 3.5 million resided in Poland, but in the United States there was a larger population worldwide. Today without official statistics, the number is estimate to 10,000 in the whole Polish nation.

The meeting point of this tour is the Taras Widokowy Tower very close to the Church of Santa Ana and the Segismundo column. From there we will walk towards the areas where they lived in the fifteenth century, such as Waski Dunaj Street, finding aspects about the context and what was key in the arrival of the first Jews. Who was the king who boosted Poland's economy based on them? How was the coexistence? What were the settlements in the city? To what extent did the long period of the country's partitions affect the community?

We will know where the Great Synagogue was located, traditions and intellectuals, who by the way, one of them proved a true revolution in the non-domestic linguistic field.

We will pass through the Ghetto Heroes route and we will go through some of the scenarios where they were crowded into what was the largest space created for isolation purposes in all of Europe. In Warsaw there were two ghettos and to cross on foot from each other there was a walkway, to such a historic and dramatic place we will approach.

We will delve into the issues related to what life was there, some institutions, names of some of those declared Fair among the Nations, and also precision of terms. Is the word Holocaust correct or is there another one more accurate?

The terror was lived daily and the Jews rose with determination in front of the Nazis in the 1943 Uprising. This will be discussed next to a monument created shortly after the end of the war, next to what was recognized as the best Museum in Europe in 2016, POLIN, a space that addresses the History of Polish Jews. POLIN by the way is a name with a mysterious and beautiful halo, it will be the perfect closure of the route.

Meeting point
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How to find me: Widokowy Tower (White Tower) next to the church of Santa Ana. Warsaw Castle and the Segismundo Column are next to this church
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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Ratings (4)

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Marta López

11 days ago

Irene súper inteligente y activa!!! Lo disfrutamos un montón ❤️❤️

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Marta

13 days ago

El tour es muy interesante, y la guía Irene muy buena explicándolo todo y dando datos muy curiosos. Un tour de tres horas que no se ha hecho para nada largo. Muy recomendado.

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Javier

13 days ago

Fue muy agradable el paseo por la capital polaca en su temática enfocada en la historia judía. Agradecer el esfuerzo del guía por explicar de una forma amena y su simpatía. Recomendable!

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JORGE CANTAVELLA CAPDEVILA

26 days ago

Impresionante Irene la guia, por el detalle de las explicaciones apoyadas por imagenes de la epoca

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