Podgorze, Krakow.

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Podgorze, Krakow

Jewish ghetto created by the Nazis in 1941 and liquidated (that’s a nice way of saying violently evicted everyone) two years later.

The Jewish population had spread about the city, while mostly the poor and/or conservative remained in the Jewish area of Kazimierz. In 1941, all Jews were forced into the tiny ghetto south of the river, which was sealed off from the rest of the city. 3 or 4 families, having had to leave their own homes, would be squeezed into an apartment designed for one.

After the liquidation of the ghetto, the buildings were either re-occupied by non-Jewish Poles, or were demolished during the Soviet era rebuilding programme. But some remain untouched since 1943. Can’t be sure of course, but this looks to me like no-one has lived in it since then.

19 comments on “Podgorze, Krakow.
  1. andyholmfirth says:

    Hi Ian ! You’ve obviously been off travelling then ? Errie shot this one.

  2. Keartona says:


  3. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Again, in any other country this would be a classic olde worlde building shot with lots of character, but knowing what went on here changes all that and you can’t help but feel sad of the misery of the people quartered here.

  4. pasujoba says:

    Great shot Ian , Your info really adds to the mood captured.

  5. McAlister says:

    It’s a place on my ‘must visit’ list. Your photos are great, and make me want to pay my respects in person even more than before.

  6. jerseyimage says:

    Interesting Series. Would like to visit here some day. Look forward to seeing more.

  7. het broertje van.. says:

    Great shot Ian!!!

  8. redrocker_9 says:

    Looks like a great place!!

  9. Tech Owl says:

    Quite a preservation

  10. bev1945 says:

    i just love this. awesome details

    Seen in my contacts’ photos

  11. richardr says:

    Yes, very somber.

    1-2-3 History

  12. Corwin's Trumps says:

    The derelict ruin perfectly echoes the sadness of the events that happened here.

    Seen in 1-2-3 History (post 1, comment on 2, view 3) (?)

  13. Tech Owl says:

    You have an image worthy of preservation!
    Preserved for Posterity

    Preserved for Posterity
    Visual Preservation

  14. Tony-H says:

    You can just feel the history in this image. I wonder how much longer this will remain.

  15. tadge o' delph says:

    Great shot, turn that to B&W and I’d expect Fagin and the Artful Dodger to step outside.

  16. C J Paul (chris) says:

    nice work ian when i first seen this i went cold. like the history it an education……

  17. CORDAN says:

    This set really sends a chill up my spine. So much sorrow, so many lives wasted and for what? Great set and thanks so much for sharing these. I had no idea you could still see these. Some scars never heal, I’m glad these are here for all to see.

  18. cgullz says:

    the tight frame works well here, leaving the imagination to run on how the rest of the place must look. sad and eerie history, amazing it still stands.

    Thankyou for sharing

    with the War Stories Group

  19. pasujoba says:

    yeah this is still a great piece of work Ian . Just seen it again in the group .
    Thankyou for sharing

    with the War Stories Group

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