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History Highlights: Krakow, Poland

Rabbi Meir Goldberg

Ready to visit Krakow? Krakow is one of the largest and the most beautiful cities in Poland. Jews have lived there for over 700 years and some of Krakow’s Jews are descended from the greatest of our people.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Krakow is named after King Krak who ruled the city over 1,000 years ago. Polish people tell a myth (a story that’s probably not true) that Krak was a peasant (a simple person), who married the king’s daughter when he killed a dragon that was causing trouble in Poland. Eventually he became king. What is true is that there was a good king in Poland named Casimir III who protected and invited Jews to come to Poland and Krakow. Casimir liked the Jews because they knew how to read and write (unlike most people of that time) and brought business to Poland. He made special laws protecting Jews and they moved from Germany to Poland. 



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