Jewish Heritage Tour in Poland
Private tours with Jewish Guide in Poland
History of Jews in PolandHistory:
Historically, Poland was a Jewish sanctuary, called Po-lin, or "here I rest." That situation changed with the country's declining fortunes, the rise of anti-Semitism and eventually the Holocaust when Polish Jewry accounted for nearly half of all Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The unique Jewish life of the Polish shtetl, which was often 90% Jewish, was immortalized in the literature of the great Yiddish writers.
Jews of Poland trace their history back 1,000 years, once constituting three-quarters of the Jewish world. Polish Jewry produced generations of Jewish leaders, rabbis, and scholars and the shtetl was characteristic of how most Polish Jews lived.
On the eve of World War II, the 3.25 million Jews of Poland constituted the second largest Jewish community in the world and were some 10% of the Polish population, reaching higher in cities like Warsaw and Lodz.
Destruction of Jewish Life 1939-1945
Germany invasion of Poland in September 1939 marked the beginning of World War II. In 1939 the was 3.25 million Jews of Poland constituted the second largest Jewish community in the world and were some 10% of the Polish population, reaching higher in cities like Warsaw and Lodz. Almost immediately, Jews in each community were registered with the Nazi authorities and were forced to wear a badge with Yellow Star.
Later they life that they had before was ceased within the ghettos. Jews of different backgrounds, identities and levels of observance were forced together within the confines of small regions of each town and city. Some surrounded by walls others by fences, all of the 1200 ghettos that was created existed under the careful watch of the SS guards. They were used us a labour for German owned businesses, living in very poor conditions with the lack of food, hygiene or medical care.With a fear the random shootings and tortures. The transport of Jews from ghettos to extermination camps began in January 1942.
Eighty-five percent of Polish Jewry was murdered in the Holocaust, while Germany made Poland itself the killing grounds for the Jews of Europe. After the war, most survivors left the country in waves of emigration.
Since the collapse of Communism, Jewish life in Poland has been revitalized and some 10,000 Jews live Poland, mostly in Warsaw.
Tours to Jewish Traces, Shtetls and Hasidic Centres.
Below are the names of the Polish towns and villages find the remaining traces of Jewish heritage. I offer You a escorted tour with Jewish Guide to visit those places. I can also organize for You personalized genealogical research in the archives tracing any informations about you ancestors. More information on Genealogy Research Tours. If you like to know something more about the place please send me a massage. I offer customized Jewish heritage trips. Organize personalized genealogical research trips through Poland with guide / interpreter.
The tours are only propositions and can be adapt to your needs:
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