Janowa Wola is a former village that stretched between Wola Duchacka, Łagiewniki and Zabłocie, which today belong to Krakow. The village was developing very well, but it was completely destroyed during the Swedish war in 1655-1657. After the first partition of Poland in 1772, Janowa Wola was under Austrian rule. After 1776, a circular commissioner moved from Ludwinów, a customs house was established, and a large settlement grew up around it, which began to be called Podgórze. During the Nazi occupation, there was a ghetto in this area and a well-known Jewish poet and singer, Mordechaj Gebirtig, lived there for a while. He was murdered here by the Germans.