Zamosc - Szczebrzeszyn - Wojslawice

July 6, 2017

Visit the impressive renaissance main square and synagogue in the “ideal town”, Zamosc; explore one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Poland in Szczebrzeszyn; and learn about the Jewish life of a small shtetl in Wojslawice.

This tour is part of Lubliner Reunion 2017, which is organized by the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre. Click here for more details of the event.



9.00 Meeting on the Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) near the high stairs (for guests who are staying in the Old Town)

9.15 Meeting in the Ilan Hotel parking lot (for guests who are staying in the Ilan Hotel)

Please be punctual as the bus will not be able to wait.


The Old Town of Zamosc is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Zamosc was established in the 16th c. as an ideal renaissance town. Jews settled in Zamosc shortly after its establishment and within a few decades they became an important and influential community in the town. Among the many famous names that originate from its Jewish community, you can find the important Yiddish author I. L. Peretz. Before World War II, around 12,000 Jewish inhabitants had made up to 43% of the population of Zamosc.

Visit: renaissance main square, the Jewish quarter in the Old Town and the renaissance synagogue (today culture centre), the building of the mikvah, the lapidarium at the new cemetery site

Szczebrzeszyn (Shebreshin)

The oldest mention of a Jewish community there dates back to the 15th c. Within a few centuries, Jews dealing mainly with crafts and trade settled around the main square. In the 16th c., a cemetery was established on the outskirts of the town’s centre. Today, it is one of the oldest and biggest preserved cemeteries in Poland, holding hundreds of tombstones.

Visit: the synagogue building (today culture centre), Jewish cemetery and the memorial for the victims of mass execution on the site.


The first Jews are assumed to have appeared in Wojslawice at the beginning of the 16th century. In the middle of the 18th century, a group of Jews from the mystical sect, established by Jacob Frank in Podole, settled in Wojslawice. Soon, a conflict between sect members and local Jewish community broke out. As a result, Jews of Wojslawice were falsely accused of a blood libel and some of them were sentenced to death. In the interwar period Jews, living mainly around the main square of Wojslawice, costituted more than a half of town's population. Majority of them were murdered by the Nazis in Sobibor death camp in 1942, following the implementation of the Action Reinhardt in the area.
Visit: synagogue, main square

19.00 Return to Lublin, the end the tour

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registration deadline: April 30, 2017

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  • Price includes transportation and guiding service

  • The whole program in conducted in English

  • If you already signed up for a tour via questionnaire on the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre's website, you don't need to fill the above form. 


Please note: the price does not include travel insurance.

In case none of the sites listed on the upcoming Lubliner Reunion 2017 tour list are of specific importance to you, or you wish to have an individual roots tour in the region of Lublin made for you, please contact us in advance.


We will be happy to prepare a special itinerary for you. You can check the list of towns and shtetls in Lublin Region here.

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