Jewish Wrocławmore than a year ago
It doesn’t require much detail from us to know what befell Breslau’s wartime Jewish population. The city’s once magnificent main synagogue - torched on Kristallnacht (November 9, 1938) – says enough, with only a small memorial remembering where it once stood at ul. Łąkowa 6. What few people realise is that after the war when German 'Breslau' became Polish 'Wrocław,' the city’s Jewish population actually increased dramatically beyond its pre-war levels as the city accepted some 70,000 Jews displaced by the war – many from the Soviet Union. Ironically, Wrocław’s Jewish population reached its peak immediately after WWII; however, the anti-minority politics of the Soviet Union and communist Poland slowly shrank their numbers until they had been forced out of the country almost completely, with the persecution culminating in 1968. Since the fall of the Soviet Union that number has been slowly rising again and today there are some 800 Jews living in Wrocław, part of a gradual transition from tracing the past to plotting the future - a ray of hope was the 2010 reopening of the White Stork Synagogue.
Tracing Jewish Heritage in Wrocław Today
Old Jewish Cemetery
ul. Ślężna 37/39
White Stork Synagogue
ul. Włodkowica 7