Heritage

Poland is a country with over a thousand year's of tradition and a turbulent history which may be traced through its various historic, religious, industrial and architectural monuments and relics. Most of these have been well preserved within the major urban centres of Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw or Sandomierz. The origins of a country which found itself in the central part of Europe, where the East, West, North and South come together, resulted in a multicultural, divergent style of customs, traditions and historical monuments that are revered within each of the respective regions.

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An estimated 9.5 million Polish-Americans are living in the United States. They represent about 3% of the U.S., population. Many grow interested in tracing their family heritage to rediscover their ancestral ties to Poland. This type of travel tends to create a very memorable, emotional and personal attachment to the country or location. Many first-time heritage focused visitors are found to be returning to Poland for sentimental reasons or further research. With many resources available, reconnecting with your Polish heritage has never been easier. There are specific resources and tools you can use to begin tracing your heritage trail. You could start by contacting the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) for particular questions and tips. Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has created a Virtual Shtetl project which can prove invaluable in researching your Jewish ancestry in Poland. One can also explore the history and fates of Polish emigrants at the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. Additionally, the Polish State Archives collect vital information from various sources but unfortunately could prove challenging to navigate for non-Polish speakers.
Before the first Palaeolithic hunters appeared on the lands that are now Poland around 100,000 years ago, our country was a marshy green plain on which dinosaurs grazed. The most famous of these, Silesaurus Opolensis, meaning "Silesian lizard from Opole", one of the oldest known reptile species in the world, lived more than 230 million years ago in Krasiejow!
Warsaw: Remains of the Warsaw Ghetto are few, namely the restored Nozyk Synagogue, and the Jewish Cemetery. Of particular interest are the exhibits at the Jewish Historical Institute that focus on the history of the material and spiritual culture of Polish Jews from their beginnings to the present day. Warsaw is also home to the only European theatre performing in Yiddish, the State Jewish Theatre.
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