Former Jewish Orphanage

  ul. Grodzka 11     06 Jun 2023
Lublin's former Jewish Orphanage began as one of the church buildings connected with the Parish Church of St. Michael the Archangel, the foundations of which lay directly to the west. The first archival references about the old presbytery come only from the 19th century. These are detailed descriptions showing the state of the building in recent decades before the confiscation of parish goods by the Governorate of Lublin Province.

Confiscation of property belonging to the Parish Church occurred at the turn of 1869/70. From that moment, the building was the property of the treasury of the Kingdom of Poland. Soon after the confiscation, the building was handed over to the Jewish community, which made it a shelter for Jewish children, later called the "Jewish town shelter". The building contained rooms for orphans, disabled people and the elderly. In other rooms there were also offices of the Jewish Religious Community in Lublin. The building belonged to Jews until 9 May 1941, until it was taken over by the occupation authorities. On March 24, 1942, the Nazis deported the orphans, the elderly, cripple and their guardians to the meadows of the Tatars and shot them. The building in the years 1944-46 served as a home for the elderly and in 1947-70 there was an orphanage there. Since 1970, the building is the seat of the Youth Culture Center Pod Akacją.


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