Join us in exploring the Past and Present of Jewish Varshe beginning at the top of the Palace of Science and Culture!
Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites participants of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy for a journey through Jewish Warsaw. Our tour begins with a visit to the top floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, which was built in 1955 amid the rubble of downtown pre-war Warsaw. It has been dubbed by locals as the “gift from Stalin” and has now become an iconic symbol of Warsaw. After viewing the city from the 30th floor, we will continue to explore the palimpsest which is Jewish Warsaw. The tour will continue to Grzybowski Square, which was included in the Warsaw Ghetto, Prozna Street the only former prewar street on which buildings on both sides survived, a visit to the canary-yellow painted Nozyk Synagogue, Walicow Street and environs, which was home to Y.L. Peretz, I. B. Singer, and Wladyslaw Szlengel.
On Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, you are not merely a passive observer, but rather, an active participant in memorable journeys into time and space!
- Grzybowski Square and the All Saints’ church, the largest pre-war church in the city. During the Nazi occupation, it was included in the Jewish Ghetto serving Christians of Jewish origin.
- Nozyk Synagogue was built in 1898-1902 by Zalman and Rywka Nozyk who lived in the neighborhood on Prozna Street. It survived the war serving as a stables and storehouse. Restored and renovated, it serves Warsaw’s Jewish community as a traditional house of worship and as a community gathering space.
- Twarda Street. The building at Twarda 6 served as the Jewish community’s first unofficial JCC immediately after the fall of Communism. It currently houses the office of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, the Jewish Combatant Association and Victims of the World War II, the office of the ‘Midrasz’ journal, and the Prof. Moses Schorr Foundation.
- Remnant of the Ghetto wall on Sienna Street. The original wall (11 miles in length) that surrounded the closed Jewish district, built on the order of German authorities, was not uniform in structure and or form. Today, only a few very short sections are still standing, kept as memorials with the most prominent one being the memorial at Sienna Street.
- Prosta Street Memorial commemorates the manhole leading from a sewer which, in May 1943, was used by dozens of Jewish insurgents escaping the burning Ghetto among them Marek Edelman, a commander of the Uprising.
- Walicow Street. Just three buildings have survived on the east side of this street, including the remains of the tenement at No. 14, destroyed during 1944 Warsaw’s Uprising, that once was home to Menachem Kipnis, a well-known Jewish journalist and photographer, and to Wladyslaw Szlengel, the Poet of the Ghetto, killed in the Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
- The infamous and iconic footbridge over Chlodna Street has been recreated in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. During the occupation, Chlodna Street, an important exit road for the “Aryan” side of Warsaw, divided the ghetto into two parts. It was from here that those in the ghetto and those outside the ghetto were able to see one another.
- District Courthouse, during the war had entrance in the ghetto and on the Aryan side. The pass way was used to smuggle goods into the ghetto and individuals out.
Let your curiosity get the better of you and join us to uncover Jewish Warsaw. On Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, you are not merely a passive observer, but rather, an active participant in memorable journeys into time and place!
Dates: Sunday, August 5; Tuesday, August 7; Thursday, August 9
Times: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Meeting and ending point: lobby of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre
Grzybowska Street 63
Price: 275 PLN/person
Number of people: max 25 people; min 10
Led by a professional guide and accompanied by a TJHT staff member throughout