Jewish Advocates in Pre-War Krakow

EMG Publishing House is proud to announce the premiere of the book „Jewish Advocates in Pre-War Krakow”.

Publishing a book on the activities of Krakow lawyers of Jewish origin until 1939 is a unique challenge undertaken jointly by Bartosz Heksel and the EMG publishing house. The publication fills the acute gap in research on interwar Jewish Krakow and one of the most important social groups in the city in that time.


We are convinced that the popular science nature of the work will contribute to the increased awareness of the destroyed world not only among historians and researchers, but also amid a wide range of readers.

The book is devoted to lawyers of Jewish origin, especially the role they played in interwar Krakow. It concerns their social, political, cultural and scientific activities, as well as their contribution to the development of Polish and European legal thought. The picture is complemented by stories of specific people and their families, selected high-profile court cases in which they participated, and examples of the social life of the elites, characteristic for this era. The publication also presents the fate of Krakow lawyers during and after the war. The book uses archival documents and it’s illustrated with photos and materials from museum and private collections, so far rarely or not presented at all.

The work is completed by 429 biographies of people who practiced as an advocate in 1939.

Bartosz Heksel is a graduate of history at the Jagiellonian University (2010), postgraduate studies „Nazism – Totalitarianism – Holocaust” conducted by the Pedagogical University in Krakow and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and postgraduate museum studies at the Jagiellonian University. Since 2012, he has been working at the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, currently as an assistant professor at the Eagle Pharmacy branch. He is the author of the scenario for three temporary exhibitions: „Emigrejtan. Zygmunt Nowakowski – a Cracovian in exile”, „Zwierzyniec invites: Dębniki” and „Żegota. Hidden help”, co-author of the catalog „Żegota. Hidden Help” (2017) and several outdoor exhibitions, as well as the author of articles about Krakow and Krakow Jews, published in „Krzysztofory. Scientific Journals of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow”.

Jewish Advocates in Pre-War Krakow
Bartosz Heksel
EMG publishing house, Krakow 2020
ISBN 978-83-63464-37-0
Paperback with flaps
p. 240
format 170×230
price PLN 42.00

Premiere: 5.11.2020

Published with the support od Association of Cracowians in Israel