List of Polish Jews

From the Middle Ages until the Holocaust, Jews comprised a significant part of the Polish population. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, known as a "Jewish paradise" for its religious tolerance, attracted tens of thousands of Jews who fled persecution from other European countries, even though, at times, discrimination against Jews surfaced in Poland just as it did elsewhere in Europe. Poland was a major spiritual and cultural center for Ashkenazi Jews and Ashkenazi Jewry. At the start of the Second World War, Poland had the largest Jewish population in the world (over 3.3 million),[1] but the vast majority of them were killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during the German occupation of Poland, particularly through the implementation of the "Final Solution" mass extermination program. Only 369,000 (11%) survived. After massive postwar emigration, the Polish Jewish population stands at somewhere between 50,000 and 200,000.

The below list includes people of Jewish faith or ancestry.

Historical figures


Avraham Stern (1907 -1942) Jewish poet, politician, hero, murdered by British secret service agent in Tel Aviv. Born in Suwalki Poland


Graves of Polish Jews among the fallen soldiers of the Polish Defensive War of 1939; Powązki Cemetery, Warsaw

Religious figures







Cultural figures



Screen and stage

Writers and poets



Business figures





Professional Wrestling


Track and field


Holocaust Survivors

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