We’re all happy again in Kazimierz, the ancient Jewish neighborhood of Kraków. After the German invasion in 1939, the Nazis forced the Jews out of here and across the river into the hideous ghetto and killing ground most people associate with wartime Kraków. This once wealthy neighborhood fell into disrepair and desolation and only recently has started to transform itself into a very hip and eclectic center of Kraków culture. Amazing restaurants, chaotic markets, seedy bars, colorful shops, and even a handful of Synagogues struggling along together–in short, a Nazi’s worst nightmare.

Maybe it’s a commentary on the residue of Communist standards in Poland that I’m actually preventing this drain pipe from falling apart in my hand. But things are changing, more or less…



Categories: Europe, Poland