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The Synagogue in Kattowitz / Katowice

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Click on the above image of the Great Synangogue to enlarge picture to view more detail. This postcard is from 1911.

The Great Synagogue was the largest synagogue in Katowice (Kattowitz). It was built in 1900 and designed by Ignatz Gruenfeld. The synagogue was set on fire and destroyed on the 4th September 1939.

On the spot where this building once stood there is now an area named Synagogue Square with a monument to the Jewish inhabitants of Katowice who perished during the Second World War.

Katowice is a city in Upper Silesia in the south of Poland, on the Klodnica and Rawa rivers (tributaries of the Oder and the Vistula respectively).

See also: Information on and old pre-war images of Kattowitz / Katowice.

Katowice Through Time

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A late 1950s photograph of the main theatre in Katowice, Upper Silesia, Poland.

A selection of old images from our archive showing the city of Katowice through time.

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A tram on ulica Warszawska in the centre of Katowice, Poland, c.1960.

Five things you may not know about Katowice:

1 – Katowice has eight railway stations and is one of the biggest railway junctions in Poland.

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A photograph of Korfantego Avenue in Katowice, Poland, c.1970.

2 – Katowice is something of a centre of music in Poland with many live concerts and several annual festivals.

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The Rynek (Market) area of Katowice, Poland, during the mid 1970s communist period.

3 – Katowice has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Poland. Right now only 2%! Workers here are on average also paid more than anyone else in Poland. Higher even than those of Warsaw.

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A milk bar (bar mleczny) and a Syrena car in the middle of Katowice, Poland, c.1977.

4 – In 1953 Katowice was renamed Stalinogród (Stalin’s City). The name never stuck and it was dropped in 1956.

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An animated central Katowice, Poland, c.1982. The milk bar shown in the previous photograph is also visible here.

5 – The city of Katowice currently has a population of more than 300,000. Making it the 10th largest city in Poland. However, the city lies at the centre of an extended metropolitan area with a population of almost three million!

Related content on Polish Poland: Pre-war images of Kattowitz / Katowice.

Kattowitz / Katowice

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A lithographic ‘Gruss aus’ (Greetings from) picture postcard from Kattowitz / Katowice, c.1900. Note the bearded miner with a pick.

A sample of old images from our picture archive of Kattowitz / Katowice, Silesia, Poland. They range in date from 1900 to 1944. Kattowitz was the German name for the city, while Katowice is the Polish.

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An old picture postcard of the Rynek (Market Square) area of Kattowitz / Katowice in 1919.

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A street scene of Katowice / Katowice, c.1931. The main synagogue can be seen in the distance.

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A panaromic photographic view of building in the centre of Kattowitz / Katowice in the early 1930s.

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An old picture postcard of the railway station in Kattowitz / Katowice, c.1939. The station closed in the mid 1970s.

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A super image of a tram making its way along one of the main streets in Kattowitz / Katowice in 1939.

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A multiview postcard featuring five different views of Kattowitz / Katowice, Upper Silesia, c.1944.

Related content on the Polish Poland website:
- Information on and an old image of the Synagogue in Kattowitz / Katowice.
- Old photographs of Katowice during the communist period.