This is the city of the Krakow Jewish Ghetto, The Jagellonian University where Copernicus studied before going to Padua, the home of Helena Rubenstein, Roman Polanski, Schindler's Factory, Wawel Castle and the mound built to remember Polish General Tadeusz Koscuiszko 1746-1817 (yes Mt Koscuisko is named after him). We had to practice for some minutes to pronounce his name correctly.
Re-read Thomas Keneally's Schindler's Ark in the days before we arrived in Krakow which made the sights that much more real. The site of Schindler's factory is now a museum mostly about the general Polish suffering under the Nazis.
In 1796, following the death of Tsaritsa Catherine the Great, Kościuszko was pardoned by her successor Tsar Paul 1 and emigrated to the United States. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, with whom he shared ideals of human rights, Kościuszko wrote a will in 1798 dedicating his American assets to the education and freedom of U.S. slaves. He eventually returned to Europe and lived in Switzerland until his death in 1817. He deserves a hill to two!