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Kraków, Szeroka st. no.38, Małopolskie region

 

Szeroka street is a main square in Kazimierz – the Jewish district.

 

At this street there are: Old Synagogue, Popper Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and Remuh Cemetery. The most notable resident of Szeroka 38 was a very famous rabbi Joel Sirkes (1561-1640), called BaCH from the title of his book “Bait Chadash”, Chief Rabbi of Krakow and the head of yeshiva in 1618-1640. He was buried on Remuh Cemetery behind this building. The building was mentioned in a real estate tax document from 1653. That time the owner of the building was Janas Chęciński. During the interwar period (1918-1939) one of the residents was watchmaker H. Markiewicz. After the World War II the building was almost all destroyed. It was reconstructed in the end of the 50’s. The prominent resident of Szeroka 38 was a Jewish writer Henryk Vogler (1911-2005). Now in the building there is an exclusive hair dresser.

 

The portal with the trace of mezuzah is an original relict from XVI/XVII Century.