Krakow Private Jewish Tours

In the footsteps of Rutka Laskier - Polish Ann Frank from Będzin Private Tour

One hour drive away from Krakow there is a very special town named Będzin. Before WWII the town was known as local Jerusalem thanks to its large Jewish population. Today Będzin is famous for the history of Rutka Laskier – Polish Ann Frank.

Rutka was 14 years old when she was murdered in Auschwitz. In the months before her death Rutka lived in the ghetto of Będzin where she kept a notebook describing her emotions, thoughts and ghetto everyday life. Rutka's diary was entrusted to her Polish friend Stanisława Sapińska and thanks to her revealed to the world.

Discover with us Rutka's trail. Take this unique tour accompanied with the reading of the fragments of her diary introducing us to her story and the reality of ghetto life.

6-7 hours.

On the way we visit:
  • Mizrachi Prayer House (one of the traces showing Jewish life in prewar Będzin)
  • Modrzejowska Street and the remainings of Laskier's house.
  • We will discover XVIII century Jewish cemetery and the monument of the Main Synagogue which was destroyed by Nazi Germans in September 1939.
  • Warpie district – ghetto of Będzin during WWII, the house where Rutka lived in the ghetto (1 Maja Street) and where her notebook was found
  • The Monument of The Jews of Będzin
  • At the end of the tour we will take you to Jerozolima Cafe and with a little bit of luck, we will introduce you to Adam Szydłowski – the moving spirit of Jewish history in Będzin. Excellent coffee and a large collection of Jewish artifacts, documents and photograph make this place a must see.