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Galicia Jewish Museum
Galicia Jewish Museum
|Location Dajwór 18 31-052 Krakow, Poland|
|Phone number +48 12 421 68 42|
|Open to visitors yes|
|Need appointment no|
|Handicap accessibility yes|
|Geographical Coordinates 50.05081,19.94955|
The Galicia Jewish Museum is located in the historical Jewish district Kazimierz in Kraków, Poland. It focuses on the traces of Jewish life and culture that can still be found in the area of the historic Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia located in modern Poland. The main exhibition of the museum, ‘Traces of Memory’, is the result of a twelve-year collaboration between photographer and museum founder Chris Schwarz and British scholar Jonathan Webber. It commemorates the 800-year Jewish presence in western Galicia (today's southeastern Poland) through contemporary photographs of synagogues, cemeteries and other relics of the Jewish presence in the region still visible today. The exhibition is divided into five sections that represent; the different ways of approaching the Jewish past in Polish Galicia, Jewish Life in Ruins, Jewish Culture as it Once Was and The Holocaust. There are sites of massacre and destruction as well we how the ‘past is being remembered’ and ‘people making memory today’. A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Auschwitz concentration camp. In 2008, the Museum collaborated with the Auschwitz Jewish Center to create the exhibition ‘Polish Heroes’, which focuses on the Polish Righteous Among the Nations. Today, the exhibition can be seen in six museums across Poland, England and the United States and welcomes 30,000 visitors annually from around the world.
History and time period
The Museum was established in April 2004 by British photojournalist Chris Schwarz in an effort to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia. In 2008, the Museum collaborated with the Auschwitz Jewish Center to create the exhibition Polish Heroes, which focuses on the Polish Righteous Among the Nations. Today, the exhibition can be seen in six museums across Poland, England and the United States.
Museum hours: Mon-Sun: 10am–6pm