Poland  : Bids for the house where John Paul II was born

Source: FSSPX News


The Wojtyla family was renting an apartment - where John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920 – from Yechiel and Rozalia Balamuth, who died with their three daughters in the concentration camp at Belzec in 1942. After the death of the pope, their grandson Ron Balamuth, the present owner, who lives in the United States, put the house on the market. According to Polish newspapers, Tadeus Jakubowicz, president of the Jewish community in Cracow has appealed to Jewish organizations all over the world to raise the money necessary to buy it. The same sources say that the archdiocese of Cracow is also a would-be purchaser.

 On January 30, 2005, the real estate agency which is selling the house told the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita : “We have had several serious offers, and other interested parties have said they will make offers”. However, “we cannot reveal the asking price, nor name any would-be buyers. But Mr. Balamuth has asked that the new owner retain the museum (John Paul II) which is in the house, and also that he establish a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust (Shoah).