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Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

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Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

I seem to have quite a list of museums for touring Jewish Warsaw and could use help figuring out if there is enough time to see them all in one day, and if not, which ones to keep.

I have planned so far for one day:

--Warsaw Ghetto, including,

-Monument to the Ghetto Heroes,

-Umschlagplatz (concrete bunker memorial),

-Nozyk Synagogue

-Warsaw Uprising Museum – – how long to spend at these?

-Museum of History of Polish Jews

-Jewish Historical Institute -

Can I do this all in one day? Too many museums? Which to eliminate or put on another day? I appreciate your help.

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1. Re: Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

We had planned quite alot into our days as we only had two full days to spend in Warsaw. The Uprising Museum took us around 3 hours though it could have taken much longer but we were avoiding school groups so missed a few sections. The Jewish Historical Institute took 1.5-2 hours. I think you could probably fit in the monuments and the Synagogue but maybe save the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews (we didn't go in this one though) for another day bearing in mind the time it takes to travel between the places you want to visit and being able to take your time, reflect and take in the information from the sites and museums.

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2. Re: Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

Thanks for your reply. Can you tell me how the historical institute museum differs from the Uprising museum? I don't want to repeat information, unless they present it differently. Thannks.

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hi! there is a very big difference between the Warsaw GHETTO uprising of 1943, and the Warsaw uprising of 1944. They are not the same event -more than a year separates the two. The ghetto uprising began on 19th of April, 1943, when the 60 thousand Jews remaining in the ghetto, as one group, chose to fight back against the nazis. Only a handful of these brave Jewish fighters had any kind of weapon.. most Jews hid in bunkers( also an act of resistance as they knew the Nazis employed collective punishment) They held out for almost a month, and in the end had to be literally burnt out of the buildings.A year later, in august 1944, the Poles of Warsaw rose up against the Nazis in the cities second uprising, again, a valiant attempt doomed to failure.the historical institute museum is one of the first places to record survivor testimonies.. already in 1945. also, it contains the onneg shabbat archive- the secret underground testimony collected by an historian called Emmanuel Ringlebum and a dedicated team of Jews who wanted to record their own history, and thus hid 30 thousand first person testimonies under the beleaguered city, to be unearthed after the war. It is an extremely moving collection. The umshlagplatz is a must see..it is the site were 300 000 Jews form Warsaw were sent to be murdered in Treblinka. it is very movingly portrayed in the movie " the Pianist" the Noyzik is a beautiful shul, especially for shabbat prayers, and the museum of Jewish history is right at the end of the heroism path, a block away from mila 18 ( the bunker) and the umshlagplatz,, infront of the Rappoprt sculpture of the uprising.

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Another very important place to visit is the Okopowa Jewish cemetery- 300 years of Warsaw's amazing Jewish community rests here, including great Yiddish writers, Zamenhof( the founder of Esperanto)rabbis,artists, and the mass grave of victims the ghetto.I think its also a must see.

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5. Re: Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

some links.. the Jewish Historical Institute:

http://www.jhi.pl/en

museum of the history of Polish Jews:

http://www.jewishmuseum.org.pl/en

JEWISH CEMETERY (OKOPOWA STREET)

sztetl.org.pl/en/…

warsaw ghetto uprising

yadvashem.org/yv/…interactive_map.asp

yadvashem.org/yv/…warsaw_uprising.asp

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6. Re: Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

the uprising museum- the story of the 1944 Polish uprising- is also very recommended as a tribute to the fortitude and bravery of the People of Warsaw, and to understand the totally of the destruction of this city under the Nazis.

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7. Re: Museum selection - Warsaw Ghetto

The Warsaw Uprising lasted 63 days at the end of which, up to 200,000 Jewish and non-Jewish Poles were dead and the Red Army was allowed to enter Warsaw. The Uprising museum shows how a whole city mobilised in a final heroic, but ultimately doomed, attempt to save itself. I'd say it's a must-see for anyone interested in the history of those times.

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The Jewish Historical Institute is an interesting addition to your itinerary especially if you would like specialist information and as the name of the place suggests, relates to Jewish heritage past and present. The Uprising Museum regards Jewish history in Warsaw and Poland however it is as mentioned above, dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising.

If I had to choose between the two I would go for the Uprising Museum which took longer but if you have time, do try and get to both. The reason for this is as we repeated some information that we knew of from our visit to Krakow. If you are visiting Krakow there is the Galicia Jewish Museum which currently holds a very moving photography exhibit that I highly recommend.

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