The history of KL Plaszow

Duration: about 1.5-2 hours Place: the Grey House, 3 Jerozolimska Street Price: 150 PLN Booking: Description: Meeting point: the Grey House, 3 Jerozolimska Street. Booking:

Description: In 1942 the Germans established a forced labour camp for Kraków Jews on the outskirts of Kraków, eventually reorganizing it into a concentration camp. The largest group of prisoners included Kraków Jews transferred from the Ghetto in March 1943. Jews from other ghettos in the Kraków district of the General Government, Poles suspected of being involved in the resistance movement, and Romani families were also imprisoned in the camp. In August 1944, thousands of Poles arrested on ‘Black Sunday’ were detained in the camp. Executions carried out by German military police also took place in KL Plaszow.

When demolishing the camp, the Germans tried to hide all its traces. However, relics of cemeteries, fragments of camp infrastructure, and traces of land levelling are preserved in the post-camp area to date, and monuments commemorating the victims of the camp are erected in the Memorial site.

The tour is aimed to discover the history of KL Plaszow and the historical and current topography of the Memorial site.

If you have questions about...

  • Where does the visit begin and end?
    The visit begins and ends next to the board displaying an aerial photograph of KL Plaszow taken in 1944, marked with number 5. It is installed near the historic Grey House (Google Maps) at 3 Jerozolimska Street.
  • How long will the meeting last?
    The visit is planned to take about two hours.
  • How should I prepare for the visit?
    The group of visitors participating in the tour will walk across a diverse terrain, mainly along paths with a gravel surface and asphalt-paved roads. Please see weather forecast to choose suitable clothing, remember to protect your head on sunny hot days, wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water. Take an umbrella or a raincoat with hood, if rain fall is forecast.
    Visitors who suffer from allergy are reminded that the memorial site is an open green area.
    The visit includes stretches leading through Jewish cemeteries; men are required by tradition to have their headwear on when visiting a cemetery.
  • Where can I read more about KL Plaszow prior to the meeting?
    You are encouraged to see information and publications displayed on our website. The Education section in the main menu contains a tab leading to educational materials.
    The Museum -> Publications section features studies and papers prepared by the Museum, including free downloads.
  • How do I get to and return from the memorial site?
    The easiest way of arriving to the meeting point is on foot from Podgórze, or on public transport, getting off at the Cmentarz Podgórski or Dworcowa stop; tram lines: 11, 13, 24, 73, 74.
  • I need additional information, where can I get it?
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