Bicycle trip: Brwinów

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the association have the pleasure of inviting you to a bicycle trip exploring Jewish history and culture of the Mazowsze region: a trip to Brwinów.
Date: July 28th 2013 (Sunday)

The trip’s guide will be Grzegorz Przybysz - historian, journalist and columnist, member of the Friends of Brwinów Association, author of many articles about Brwinów, organizer of walking and bicycle trips around the Brwinów area, laureate of the 7th Sholem Asch Literary Contest for his monograph “The Jews of Brwinów. A Chronicle of a Life Interrupted.”

The first mention of Brwinów dates back to 1226, and the first written documents referring to the place are from 1406. The village was then the property of Poznań bishops and later, since the middle of the 17th century, of the primate of Poland, Mikołaj Prażmowski. Since the end of the 17th century, Brwinów was owned by the Radziwiłł family.

A turning point came in 1845, when Brwinów was connected with Warsaw by rail. In 1861, the village had a new owner in Stanisław Lilpop, later the father-in-law of novelist Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. Before World War I, Brwinów had more than 2,000 inhabitants.

Between the wars, Brwinów and its surrounding area were populated by dozens of Jewish families. They dealt in trade, craft, and sometimes served important functions in the Brwinów community.
During the trip we will hear stories of several Jewish families, with such names as: Karwasser, Blumenthal, Oldak, Osjasz, Wajsblat, Nowomiński, Danzygier, Horowitz. We will see the market square in Brwinów, once the location of Jewish shops and of the Karwasser house with its synagogue. We will visit the house of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko, the house of Zygmunt Bartkiewicz, which now hosts the offices of the Friends of Brwinó Association. We will end our trip in the nearby Błonie. 

The trip will take the whole day, and is for adults only.
Number of admissions is limited – visitors must book their places and the earliest submissions will be selected.

Contact: (+48) 22 471 03 01; 604 452 946;

Participants cover the cost of the train ticket (Koleje Mazowieckie): departure from Warszawa Zachodnia, the return trip from Błonie.
Those who do not have the city card or short-term tickets will have to buy PKP’s tour ticket.
The Warszawa Zachodnia – Brwinów trip costs 6.00zł, and the Błonie – Warszawa Zachodnia ticket is 8.00 zł.

For owners of the Area 1 city card (90-day, 30-day, 3-day or 1-day ticket from ZTM), the PKP tour ticket for Warszawa Ursus – Brwinów costs 5.00 zł, and the Błonie – Warszawa Gołąbki trip costs approx. 6.00 zł.
For owners of the Area 1+2 city card (90-day, 30-day, 3-day or 1-day ticket from ZTM), the PKP tour ticket for Pruszków – Brwinów costs approx. 4.50 zł, and the Błonie – Płochocin trip costs 4.50 zł.

The trips are organized biweekly, throughout the entire summer season.

The next trip, to Nasielsk, will be held on August 11th.