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Understanding Jewish Warsaw

Warszawa, Poland

Experience hosted by Przemysław

3.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

What people usually know about Jews in Poland are topics connected with tragedy - ghettos, Holocaust, Auschwitz. What they forget about is the fact, that before WW2 Warsaw was home to the largest Jewish settlement in whole Europe. Therefore, as licensed Warsaw's tour guide I would like to invite you for a journey through six hundred year history of Jewish community in Warsaw which will help you to understand not only what happened, but also why it happened.
When first Jews settled in Warsaw? Why Poland before the war was called "paradise for Jews"? How life in the ghetto looked like? Why so many people were against Jews? How many Jews live in Warsaw today?
Majority of the Ghetto was destroyed, but it doesn't mean there are no buildings and spots that remember the past. Finding those, comparing current landscape with pictures from the past, decoding symbols placed on Holocaust memorials, exploring street art devoted to Warsaw's Jews... That's for the beginning. The rest is a surprise ;-)
Other things to note
After the booking is made check your Airbnb inbox, you'll get a message with all the information you need to know about Warsaw before arriving ;-).

Larger groups, different schedules or special needs? Contact me and we will figure everything out :)
What people usually know about Jews in Poland are topics connected with tragedy - ghettos, Holocaust, Auschwitz. What they forget about is the fact, that before WW2 Warsaw was home to the largest Jewish settlement in whole Europe. Therefore, as licensed Warsaw's tour guide I would like to invite you for a journey through six hundred year history of Jewish community in Warsaw which will help you to understand not only what happened, but also why i…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    In the middle of the tour I invite you for a break in a nice café. The plac...
  • Equipment
    To ensure maximum safety during the experience, I will have single-use med...
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Meet your host, Przemysław

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 44 Reviews
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My name is Przemyslaw (which in old polish dialect means "clever mind" ;-) ) and I always loved history. I also loved my history teacher who, when I was finishing high school told me: "Never study history. It will ruin your life". I listened to her, got a degree in psychology instead and work with children in counseling centre. But true love never ends - and my true love came back to me six years ago, when after post graduate studies about Warsaw's history I became a certified Warsaw guide. From that time I share my love with guests visiting Warsaw. Now it's time to share it with you :-)
My name is Przemyslaw (which in old polish dialect means "clever mind" ;-) ) and I always loved history. I also loved my history teacher who, when I was finishing high school told me: "Never study history. It will ruin your life". I listened to her, got a degree in psychology instead and work with children in counseling centre. But true love never ends - and my true love came back to me six years ago, when after post graduate studies about Warsaw's history I became a certified Warsaw guide. From…
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Where you'll be

For the whole time we will be staying inside of the former Jewish district and ghetto. We will see the only pre-war synagogue, budilings that survived the war and many memorials inculding ghetto borders, Umschlagplatz, Mila 18, Ghetto Heroes Monuments. You will explore places devoted to people important in Warsaw Jewish history so if names like Korczak, Ringelblum, Sendlerowa, Zamenhof, Karski, Brandt don't ring a bell yet - I promise they will!

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 44 reviews.

Nadja
February 2020
Przemek gave us an extraordinary tour with lots of most interesting information about the Jewish Life in Warsaw. We absolutely loved it and would always recommend it for everyone who likes to get a deep insight in this topic.
Christian
December 2019
It was an awesome tour and I definitely would recommend it! The topic was very interesting and he explained it with passion and many details. Before and after we met he sent me a lot of interesting information for our tour. If you come to Warsaw and want to lern something about the Ghetto book this tour.
It was an awesome tour and I definitely would recommend it! The topic was very interesting and he explained it with passion and many details. Before and after we met he sent me a l…
Ellen
November 2019
You can't come to Warsaw without learning about this city's Jewish history and Prezmyslaw is an excellent guide for a thorough introduction. Prezmyslaw is a skilled storyteller-- the whole tour had a building narrative. He is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions and add personal anecdotes. Prezmyslaw also helped me with finding a special souvenir after the tour. I highly recommend this experience.
You can't come to Warsaw without learning about this city's Jewish history and Prezmyslaw is an excellent guide for a thorough introduction. Prezmyslaw is a skilled storyteller-- t…
Lois
October 2019
I could not have found a better way to spend this day in Warsaw. The experience was poignant, profound, thought provoking , extremely meaningful . Przemyslaw was the perfect guide: passionate, well informed, and very personable. Highly recommend !
I could not have found a better way to spend this day in Warsaw. The experience was poignant, profound, thought provoking , extremely meaningful . Przemyslaw was the perfect guide:…
Patrick
October 2019
Excellent tour and amazing tour guide. Przemyslaw was extremely knowledgeable and easily communicated with a great deal of compassion. I really enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it!!
Madeleine
October 2019
What a fanatic tour! Przemyslaw walking tour was extremely informative and very well prepared. He shared his expert knowledge of Jewish life in Warsaw throughout the ages , through engaging storytelling , maps and photos. He shared his views on life in Poland and his travels and was also interested in our views, which allowed for us all to have good discussions about life! We would highly recommend this tour... an absolute ‘must do’ in Warsaw. He also recommended many additional resources and emailed us the links. Thank you
What a fanatic tour! Przemyslaw walking tour was extremely informative and very well prepared. He shared his expert knowledge of Jewish life in Warsaw throughout the ages , through…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.