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Plac Bohaterów Getta Kraków

Plac Bohaterów Getta, Kraków

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Plac Bohaterów Getta, Kraków Tourist region: Kraków i okolice

A place of executions and displacement. Formerly called Plac Zgody, later renamed Plac Bohaterów Getta to commemorate the events that took place here during the liquidation of the Kraków Ghetto in 1943.

Previously, the square was used as a marketplace where cattle and pigs were traded, the site of a chicory factory, and Józef Pankiewicz’s pharmacy, opened in 1909. Today, it is mainly known as one of the sites of the ghetto, which was established in 1941. At that time, the square became the staging ground for displacements, where Jews were forced to gather before boarding trains to concentration camps. This is also where the Nazis executed their victims. Tadeusz Pankiewicz, son of Józef, was the only Aryan who lived in the ghetto and ran the Pharmacy under the Eagle. It became a point of contact between the residents of the ghetto and the Aryan part of the city – offering aid and running illegal transport of medicines and food to the ghetto. In 2005, a peculiar monument was placed in the square. It depicts empty chairs carved from metal, referring to the furniture and luggage left in the square after the Jews were displaced from the ghetto. Every year, on the anniversary of the liquidation, a March of Memory sets off from the square, repeating the last route taken by Jews on their way to the camp in Płaszów.

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