Krakow | Remuh Synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Kazimierz

The most important and famous synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz in Krakow is the Old Synagogue which has become a museum of the history of the Jews in this city of Poland. But on our trip to Krakow in the same neighborhood of Kazimierz we will have the opportunity to visit the only synagogue still performing religious services, Remuh Synagogue, next to which stands a historic Jewish cemetery. Remuh Synagogue can be found in the heart of Kazimierz in the same plaza Szeroka where the Old Synagogue is.

Kazimierz

Kazimierz

In turning to the Synagogue Remuh after passing under an arch, we see a small building with a long history dating back to 1553 when it was founded. It was then known as the New Synagogue to differentiate it from the nearby Old Synagogue. Next to the Remuh Synagogue was established a cemetery that was used until 1800 when they built the new Jewish cemetery in Kazimierz. During World War II, the Remuh Synagogue was used by the Nazis as a warehouse but the building was not destroyed. However, many of the stones of the tombstones were broken and used to pave roads. After the Nazi occupation, these fragments were recovered and they built a wall in the cemetery which is known as the Wailing Wall.

Remuh Synagogue

Remuh Synagogue

On our visit to the Remuh Synagogue we saw the numerous plaques at the entrance of the courtyard as a memorial for the victims of the Nazi occupation. Inside the small building, the highlight is the ark which retains the Torah scroll which dates back to the early days of the synagogue. In particular 1558.

Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery

Remuh Synagogue photos: Eve, nklajn, Jorge Lascar.

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