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Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine: preliminary report on field research 2016-2018

  A report — Jewish cemeteries of Ukraine: preliminary results of studies for 2016–2018 —  summarizes the size and status of dozens of Jewish cemeteries and mass graves in Ukraine. ...

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Book Review: Learning about Jewish Life (and Lives) from Jewish cemeteries. Review essay of Rudolf Klein’s new book

  Jewish cemeteries are often called Houses of the Living, and for good reason. The epitaphs and grave markers — be they simple matzevot or grand mausolea — represent, and tell the stories ...

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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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Upcoming events

Sep
22
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all-day Ornament of their city – the syn... @ Kaiserslautern Stadtmuseum
Ornament of their city – the syn... @ Kaiserslautern Stadtmuseum
Sep 22 – Dec 23 all-day
Ornament of their city - the synagogue of Kaiserslautern, 1886-1938 @ Kaiserslautern Stadtmuseum | Kaiserslautern | Rheinland-Pfalz | Germany
A special exhibit tells the story of the creation and destruction of the grand synagogue in Kaiserslautern, German, once hailed as the “ornament of their city.” Inaugurated in 1886, the synagogue, was designed by the “once well-known, now somewhat forgotten” ... continue reading →
Nov
6
Tue
10:00 “Seven Crates of Jewish Material... @ Jewish Museum Munich
“Seven Crates of Jewish Material... @ Jewish Museum Munich
Nov 6 2018 @ 10:00 – May 1 2019 @ 17:00
At the beginning of the 20th century in Bavaria, when a great many Jews moved to the cities or emigrated, rural congregations faced the threat of disappearing altogether. What remained were the sometimes splendid synagogues with their exquisite ritual objects. ... continue reading →
Nov
9
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19:30 Photograph exhibit on Lithuanian... @ Erdemuseum Berlin
Photograph exhibit on Lithuanian... @ Erdemuseum Berlin
Nov 9 @ 19:30 – Nov 30 @ 17:00
A photo exhibit called “Fields full of souls: Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania” by Ellis Berlijn. About fifteen pictures taken in Alytus, Seirijai, and Kaunas will be on display.  The exhibit opens Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 30
Nov
18
Sun
13:00 AEJM Annual Conference @ Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives
AEJM Annual Conference @ Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives
Nov 18 @ 13:00 – Nov 20 @ 16:00
The annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums. Click here to see the program  
Nov
19
Mon
17:00 Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries b... @ Fuga, Budapest
Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries b... @ Fuga, Budapest
Nov 19 @ 17:00 – 18:30
Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries book presentation @ Fuga, Budapest | Budapest | Hungary
Presentation of Rudolf Klein’s new book Metropolitan Jewish Cemeteries (in Hungarian) Click HERE and HERE  to see our posts about the book.
Nov
21
Wed
all-day European Routes of Jewish Herita... @ Casa Adret, Barcelona
European Routes of Jewish Herita... @ Casa Adret, Barcelona
Nov 21 all-day
The AEPJ Incubator Project is a 3 year program. A center for development of Jewish Heritage Routes: Cultural, educational, heritage and tourism co-operation projects with a transnational importance and significance. Participants will receive training on global, national, regional and local ... continue reading →
Nov
22
Thu
all-day European Routes of Jewish Herita... @ Casa Adret, Barcelona
European Routes of Jewish Herita... @ Casa Adret, Barcelona
Nov 22 all-day
The AEPJ Incubator Project is a 3 year program. A center for development of Jewish Heritage Routes: Cultural, educational, heritage and tourism co-operation projects with a transnational importance and significance. Participants will receive training on global, national, regional and local ... continue reading →