Walk: “Former Jewish Leszno Street” | Jan Jagielski
Today, the former Leszno Street is part of Solidarności Avenue. The E. Ringelblum Jewish History Institute, that will be our starting point is located in the remaining library of the Great Synagogue on Tłomackie. From here, we will go to the front of Muranów cinema theatre. This is where the building at 2 Leszno St. was located – in the ghetto, it was “Sztuka” cafe (this is were Wiera Gran, Władysław Szpilman performed and the MC was the poet, Władysław Szlengel). We will be passing the places of the former buildings in which Cyprian Kamil Norwid, Emanuel Ringelblum, and Marek Edelman lived. We will pas the exit of Karmelicka Street (and the murals) and reach John Paul II Ave. We will stop in front of the Courts (this was the place of escapes from the ghetto). Our walk will end at Grzybowska St., a place where I.B. Singer and Perlmuter lived.
Jan Jagielski – co-founder and chairman of the board of Capital City Committee Protecting Jewish Commentaries and Culture Monuments. Since 1991, he has been working at the Jewish History Institute, where he created a department documenting material trails of Jewish presence in Poland, which he currently heads.
Meeting point: in front of the building of the Jewish Historical Institute at 3/5 Tłomackie (next to the Blue Tower)