From “Atlantis” to the Familiar?

The Past and Present of Jewish Cracow in the Second Decade of the New Millennium

In: East Central Europe

This article focuses on the new processes of revival of the Jewish community and the rediscovery and reinterpretation of Jewish heritage observed in Cracow in recent years. Referring to the richness of the Jewish heritage in Cracow accumulated during the centuries-long presence of this ethnic minority in the city, particularly in the quarter of Kazimierz, it moves beyond the popular narratives on touristification and commercialization of the city’s Jewish past. The author covers a range of topics from the emergence of new Jewish activities and the greater visibility of diverse Jewish communities in the urban space to the establishment of new museum institutions and the evolution of the Jewish Culture Festival and new interpretations of memorial spaces.

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