Warsaw Jews have disappeared irretrievably, their Warsaw was destroyed. Singer still had the images of people and places from before the Holocaust before his eyes. All that is left for us are a few fragile material traces, inscriptions, documents and testimonies – the legacy of surviving memory. But they are still here, although difficult to find…. See the city that does not exist any more, places where Singer lived, the Praga district with Jewish buildings, old cemetery, praying houses, mykvah, traces of mezuzah, the synagogue…
ROUTE: Former ‘Nalewki district’, synagogue, Jewish cemetery, I. B. Singer route, famous Rabbis and other noble personalities of Warsaw, Jewish Praga district (remains of Praga synagogue, Jewish private prayer houses, the Praga district mykvah, Jewish streets of Praga) and others.
Optional – visit to Praga district Jewish cemetery established in 1780, when Polish King Stanisław Poniatowski allotted a lease of it’s grounds to be used as a Jewish burial ground to an influential merchant, one Szmul Zbytkower. The last funerals known to have been conducted at the cemetery took place just before the complete enclosure of the Warsaw Ghetto on November 16th 1940. In the post-war years, under the mandate of the communist authorities, the remnant gravestones were torn from the ground. Some were appropriated as building materials and some collected for subsequent removal. The cemetery area was to be converted into a city park. Today the cemetery is protected. Exhibition regarding cemetery history available.
Optional – the Praga district museum (history of the Jewish community in Praga, preserved praying house), the Praga Jewish cemetery
– the synagogue is available 11:00-17:00 except for the time of service / holidays and Saturday