The krakow ghetto pharmacy (The Eagle Pharmacy)

Overview

In the area of the entire ghetto at that time, there was the only pharmacy - Apteka pod Orłem - managed by a Pole, Tadeusz Pankiewicz. Today this place is a symbol of bringing disinterested help, even in the face of great danger.

Podgórze is one of the most recognizable districts of Krakow, which today is teeming with colorful tourist life. It is also an increasingly modern, mostly post-industrial part of the city, referring to the history of the royal city. In addition to the charming streets and fashionable restaurants and pubs, there are numerous tourist attractions and places of remembrance. One of such places is Apteka pod Orłem, the only pharmacy operating in the then so called Jewish residential district, at Plac Zgody, today Plac Bohaterów Getta.

The tragic history of Krakow's Podgórze

During World War II, the fate of the district intertwined with the tragic history of the Jewish population inhabiting Krakow in large numbers. In 1941, the Nazi authorities established a ghetto there, the so-called "Jewish residential district". Around today's Bohaterów Getta Square, Limanowskiego and Lwowska Streets, in the area where 3,500 people previously lived, approx. 18 thousand Jews from Krakow and neighboring communities were resettled. By rail, they were taken to concentration camps in Kraków-Płaszów and Oświęcim or brutally murdered on the spot.

The only Polish asylum

In the area of the entire ghetto at that time, there was the only pharmacy - Apteka pod Orłem - managed by a Pole, Tadeusz Pankiewicz. Today this place is a symbol of bringing disinterested help, even in the face of great danger. During the war, not only medicines were sold and distributed for free at the Eagle Pharmacy. The krakow ghetto pharmacy was a place of hope, and its employees gave the Jews shelter during the deportation, handed over messages and packages outside and inside the ghetto. It was also here that Jewish intellectuals met, so it acted as a local cultural forum. For his activities for the benefit of Jews, the owner, Tadeusz Pankiewicz, was honored with the title of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Contact

Plac Bohaterów Getta 18
30-547 Kraków

12 656 56 25
muzeumkrakowa.pl

Location

FAQ

The Pharmacy Under the Eagle is located at Plac Bohaterów Getta 18, in the historic district of Podgórze in Krakow. The Schindler's Factory Museum is located nearby, at Lipowa 4.

Pharmacy Under the Eagle:

Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Schindler's Factory Museum:

Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
First Tuesday of the month: closed

Opening hours are subject to change, so we recommend checking the official websites of the institutions before visiting.

Pharmacy Under the Eagle:
Regular ticket: 18 PLN Reduced ticket: 14 PLN

Schindler's Factory Museum:
Regular ticket: 32 PLN
Reduced ticket: 28 PLN
Family ticket: 64 PLN

Ticket prices are subject to change, so we recommend checking the official websites of the institutions before visiting.

Yes, both the Pharmacy Under the Eagle and the Schindler's Factory Museum offer guided tours. We recommend booking in advance to secure a spot in the group. If you are looking for not only historical knowledge but also an unforgettable experience in exploring the secrets of Schindler's Factory, we encourage you to book our tour through our website. Our expert guides are passionate about sharing fascinating facts and stories related to the factory and its role during World War II. Our tour will provide you with a deeper understanding of the historical and emotional context associated with this place.

You can reach the Pharmacy Under the Eagle and the Schindler's Factory Museum by tram or bus. The nearest stops are "Plac Bohaterów Getta" and "Lipowa". Trams 9, 20, 50 and buses 174, 179, 184, 469 run near both places.

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