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Poland reminder: don’t miss Jewish Warsaw web site, an in-depth multi-media exploration of the city for visitors and armchair travelers

If you’re interested in Jewish history and heritage in Warsaw, a good place to start is the Jewish Warsaw web site created by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Jewish Warsaw is a richly ...

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Click on a country to take you to that country's home page, where you will find bibliographies, Jewish communal contacts, and links to Jewish museums, cultural and research institutions with Jewish holdings or focus, Jewish heritage and heritage sites, news items — and much more. (Rather than provide extensive information for most heritage sites, we have aggregated links and link to local web sites and data bases where you can find details.)

Some of the country pages have less content than others… Jewish Heritage Europe is a developing resource and we are adding more and more content on a daily basis — so please come back!

Cemeteries

Visit the JHE Jewish Cemeteries Portal, where we draw together news, information and resources about Jewish cemeteries and gravestones, as well as information on best-practices and on preservation and documentation. If you have a question you can ask for advice on projects — through the new EJCAN European Jewish Cemetery Advisory Network.
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Kaddish in Norway: On the trail of Stolpersteine/snublestein/stumbling blocks

The scholars Ruth Mandel and Rachel Lehr are carrying out ethnographic research about site-specific artists’ responses to the Holocaust. They describe here what they are finding as they investigate the Stolpersteine  (stumbling stones) project by the German artist Gunter Demnig, which installs brass plates affixed to cobblestones, bearing the names and dates of birth, deportation, and murder or survival of victims of Nazi Germany, in front of the victims’ last residence. To date there are more than 70,000 in 24 countries. They start in Norway, where they travelled 5,000 km with Demnig, observing and taking part in installation ceremonies.

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