Interior of Old Synagogue in Kazimierz

October 2005 photo of the interior of the Old Synagogue

The photo above was taken inside the Old Synagogue in Kazimierz, which is currently the Museum of Jewish History and Culture. It houses a collection of photographs of life in Kazimierz before the Nazi occupation, as well as paintings by Jewish artists and religious objects. Of all the cities in Poland, Krakow has the most evidence of Jewish culture; Kazimierz is the old Jewish quarter of Krakow.

There is an admission charge to the Museum, and visitors must pay an extra 10 Zloty for the privilege of taking photographs. I took lots of photos because I wanted to get my money's worth.

The Old Synagogue was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis during World War II; it was restored after the war, but the 16th century wrought-iron bimah in the center of the main prayer hall is original. The bimah is shown in the center of the photo above and also in the old photo below, taken before the German occupation of Poland began in 1939.

Interior of the Old Synagogue in Kazimierz before 1939


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