Tykocin

Tykocin was one of the most important Jewish shtetls in the kingdom of Poland. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the community was considered to gain the second place in importance after the community of Kraków.

The first Jews settled in Tykocin in 1522. Before the outbreak of World War II, there were around 2,000 Jews in Tykocin – around 44% of total town population. Few Jews, who managed to survive the World War II, and decided to come back to Tykocin, quickly became objects of attacks by Polish nationalists and soon emigrated to Palestine

Tykocin has two very well-preserved synagogues, the Great and a small one. It’s a charming example of a well preserved Jewish shtetl.

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