Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The glory of Krakow

Krakow was a city bustling with Jewish life before the war. When the city of Krakow came under Austrian control on 1796, Krakow's Jews were ordered to resettle in Kazimierz and the area was slowly redeveloped.  In 1857 the first gss lamps lit up their streets and by 1888 they had their first train station.  By 1910, the Jewish population stood at 32,000 and in the years between WWI and WWII, that number nearly doubled.  The Jewish quarter boasts some of the most beautiful Shuls in eastern Europe.  Approximately three to five thousand Jews survived the horrors of the holocaust, a large number of them were saved by Oskar Schindler.

One of the bridges that leads to Kazimierz

The Ramah shul 

The Temple Shul

Oskar Schindler's factory 

Pictures of the survivors that he and his wife saved during the holocaust 

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