History

History

Pharmacy near the Plac Bohaterow Getta 18 (formerly Maly Rynek, then Plac Zgody) has nearly 100 years. Since 1910 its proprietor was Jozef Pankiewicz, and after him his son Tadeusz (21 November 1908 - 5 November 1993), who ran it since 1933. Before the war the clients of the pharmacy, one of the four in Podgorze, were both polish and Jewish residents of the district. A frequent customer was e.g. "Bikkur Cholim" charity.
When in March of 1941 Germans established a Podgorze ghetto for Kraków's Jews, Pankiewicz's pharmacy at the Plac Zgody was the only one found in its limits, and its proprietor was the only Pole with rights to stay in it. Pharmacy was the place of Jewish intellectuals meetings, scientists and artists that lived in the ghetto. Soon it also started delivering to ghetto residents various resources and medicaments, which were helpful in efforts to avoid deportation: hair dyes, luminal used to calm children hidden in hideouts, or smuggled in luggage beyond ghetto. During bloody actions of displacement at the Plac Zgody in 1942 Pharmacy personnel issued free medicines and dressings. Pharmacy's recesses were used as shelters, saving Jews from deportation to extermination camps. Pankiewicz and his assistants Irena Drozdzikowska, Aurelia Danek and Helena Krywaniuk were liaisons between Jews in the ghetto and beyond it, passing the information and smuggling food. They also were depositaries of valuables entrusted to them by deported Jews in the last moments before leaving the ghetto.


18 Bohaterów Getta Square, 30-547 Kraków
phone: (+48) 12 656-56-25
e-mail: apteka@mhk.pl

Manager: custodian Monika Bednarek

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Opening hours:

Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Tuesday - Sunday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

ATTENTION: THE LAST ADMISSION -  30 MIN. BEFORE THE CLOSING TIME
Admission is free on Mondays.
Museum is closed on every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Exhibition tickets:

regular 11 PLN
concessionary 9 PLN
group 9 PLN
school's groups 8 PLN
family 20 PLN (2 adults and 2 children up to 16, or 1 adult and 3 children up to 16)

Admission charges Memory Trail (Pomorska Street, the Eagle Pharmacy, Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory):
adults: 32 PLN
concession: 24 PLN
family: 64 PLN
group admission (standard): 24 PLN
school groups (concession): 22 PLN
guide: 100 PLN

The ticket is valid for 7 days as of the purchase date

Tickets can be purchased in the branch ticket office or in the Visitor Centre, Sukiennice, Rynek Główny 1.
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