Today we visited the Jewish Quarter- a synagogue, its graveyard, and places where the Jewish people in Kraków lived and worked. In a plaza we saw a memorial of 70 chairs. Each chair represents 1000 Jewish residents who died in WWII. The chairs symbolize simple things in life that were taken from Jews before they lost the most precious of their things, their lives.
Along the walls of buildings we saw plaques commentating the lives of those who died, survived or those who served to help those persecuted at great risk for their own lives. Those who did so are referred to as the “Righteous among the nations.”
Our local historian who guided us today said as we left Schindler’s Factory Museum, “As you walk on the uneven, bouncy soft floor, it is there to help you think about life’s choices. You can’t be sure of what is next, so watch your step!”