Additional Events

13 – 15 September: Historical Book Fair (open for general public)

12 September, 7.00 PM, International Cultural Centre: A meeting with Emil Brix, PhD, and Professor Jacek Purchla; discussion of the book Z powrotem w Europie Środkowej [Back to Central Europe], (open for general public).

13 September, 8.00 PM: Organ concert at Mariacki Church  (for registered participants only)

14 September, 10.00 AM: A tour of the Remuh Cemetery - the old Jewish Cemetery (for registered participants only)

15 September: A visit to the Historical Museum of the City of Cracow (Rynek Undeground or Schindler's Factory – depending on the registration time)

Historical Book Fair

History passionates from all over the world, historians, representatives of humanistic and social sciences, representatives of academic centres and cultural institutions, teachers, journalists, students, several hundred speakers and panelists as well as the magical atmosphere of old Cracow – this is a quintessence of this world-unique event: The Second International Congress of Polish History accompanied by the Historical Book Fair (13-15 September 2012) organized by Targi w Krakowie Ltd.

Historical Book Fair is the festival of a historical book which is organized for historians, history lovers and passionates. The fair is an occasion for replenishing the historical library stock with the 'missing' books and it is the place to meet the writers who one does not usually meet.

This autumn event will gather publishers, publishing houses, scientific publishers, museums and institutions offering historical books. The participants will have an opportunity to buy specialist publications, niche historical texts, historical magazines, reprints of rarae aves, old maps and graphics, which will undoubtedly attract every passionate of history.

The idea to organize the Historical Book Fair arose from the wish to supplement the Second International Congress of Polish History organized by the Cracow- based section of the Polish Historical Society. The Congress is an occasion for many debates and discussions, for the exchange of thought and experience of researchers from many countries, whereas the book fair is an additional element aimed at the popularization of historical book reading.

The Book Fair is open for general public, admission free.


Jagiellonian University Auditorium Maximum

ul. Krupnicza 33, 31-123 Kraków

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 Organ concert at St. Mary's Church 

The organizers of the Second International Congress of Polish History are pleased to invite the Congress participants to the Organ Concert which will be held at Mariacki Church in Cracow on 13 September at 8.00 PM.

The concert will be performed by Bogusław Grzybek, the first organist of St. Mary's Church, who is likewise a teacher at W. Żeleński State Music School in Cracow and the artistic manager of the “Pro Musika” choir. Bogusław Grzybek is also famous for founding and managing the “ORGANUM” Academic Choir run by the Catholic Intelligentsia Club in Cracow. In recognition of his work, Bogusław Grzybek was awarded the Order of St. Gregory the Great in December 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. He is likewise a holder of the Golden Badge of the City of Cracow and the City of Cracow Award, both of which he was granted for propagating the musical culture in the capital of the Małopolska region.



Nicolaus Cracoviensis 16th century

Preambulum in F

Preambulum in d 

Preambulum in g

Domenico Zipoli 1688-1726


Jan Podbielski ca 1650


Dietrich Buxtehude 1637-1707


Jan Sebastian Bach 1685-1750

Chorale Christ lag in Todesbanden

Chorale Ich Ruf zu Dir

Chorale Alle Menchen

Feliks Rączkowski 1906-1989

Bogu – Rodzica (The Mother of God)

Cesar Franck 1822-1890

Chorale a-moll



A tour of the Remuh Cemetery - the old Jewish Cemetery

We would like to invite you to Szeroka Street in Kazimierz District on 14 September at 10.00 AM. There, we will visit the Remuh Old Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the most significant Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe. There are many tombstones which date back to the 16th and 17th c. This cemetery is an evidence of how important Cracow Jews were, since they created a powerful centre of religious, academic and economic life which affected many countries, not only Poland. Here are the tombs of Moses Isserles – the most outstanding Jewish scholar of modern Poland, Jom Tow Heller – a rabbi of Prague and Vienna and an esteemed Talmudist, and Nathan Nate Spira – the famous cabalist and a rector of Cracow Yeshiva. The cemetery, which was established in the mid 16th c., was officially closed in 1799. Since then, the Jewish community have buried their deceased at the New Jewish Cemetery in Miodowa Street.

The history of this unique place will be presented by an expert on this subject, Professor Leszek Hońdo – the Head of the Research Centre for Jewish Culture in the Department of Jewish Studies of Jagiellonian University. Among Professor Hońdo's academic papers there is a monograph "Old Jewish Cemetery in Cracow. History of the Cemetery, the analysis of Hebrew inscriptions," Cracow 1999.