Jewish Heritage Europe

Art, Exhibition, History & Museums

NOTE: Further publications and resources (in print and online) on specific countries, regions or sites can be found in the Publications pages of the Country sections of this web site.

Altshuler, Linda A. and Anna R. Cohen (eds) The Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasure from the Czechoslovak State Collections. New York: Summit Books, 1983

Beneschofsky, Ilona and Alexander Scheiber (eds). The Jewish Museum of Budapest, Budapest: Corvina, 1987

Bergman, Eleonora ed. Jewish Historical institute: The First Fifty Years 1947-1997. Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute, 1996

Bonilauri, Franco and Vincenza Maugeri, eds. Musei ebraici in Europa/Jewish Museums in Europe. Milan: Electa, 1998

Bonilauri, Franco and Vincenza Maugeri, eds. La Tutela dei Beni Culturali Ebraici in Italia. Bologna, Istituto Beni Culturali, 1996

Clark, David. Developing Jewish Museums in Europe. London: Institute for Jewish Policy Research, 1999

Cohen, Israel. Travels in Jewry. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1953. First-hand accounts of pre-World War II Jewish communities and sites in a number of countries in Europe.

Cohen, Richard I. Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998

Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd Edition. Keter, 2007

Gershenson, Olga and  Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, eds. New Jewish Museums in Post-Communist Europe. Monothematic issue of East European Jewish Affairs, Vol. 45, 2015.

Grossman, Grace Cohen. Jewish Museums of the World. New York: Universe, 2008

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today. New York: Wiley, 1994

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002

Gusky, Jeff. Silent Places. Overlook, 2003

 Photographic book on abandoned Jewish heritage sites in Poland.

Jewish Encyclopaedia. Full online text of landmark 12-volume work published in 1906

Karp, Ivan and Steven D. Lavine, eds, Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums and Heritage, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998)

Komoróczy, Géza, ed. Jewish Budapest: Monuments, Rites, History. Budapest: Central European University Press, 1999 (originally A Zsido Budapest. Budapest: MTA Judaisztikai Kutatocsoport, 1995

Kuler, Hary and Lya Benjamin (trans. Viviane Prager), The History Museum of the Romanian Jews “Chief-Rabbi Dr. Moses Rosen. Bucharest: HaSefer, 2002

Lohr, Otto and Bernhard Purin. Jüdisches Kulturgut: Erkennen-Bewahren-Vermitteln. Munich: Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern, 2017.

Lowenthal, Marvin. A World Passed By: Scenes and memories of Jewish Civilization in Europe and North Africa. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1933

Murawska-Muthesius, Katarzyna and Piotr Piotrowski. From Museum Critique to the Critical Museum. Farnham: Ashgate, (forthcoming 2015)

Mihajlovic, Milica, “Jewish Historical Museum, Belgrade” in European Judaism. Vol. 36, No 2, 2003.

Offe, Sabine. Austellungen, Einstellungen, Entstellungen: Jüdische Museen in Deutschland und Österreich. Berlin: Philo, 2000

Radovanovic, Vojislava. The Jewish Historical Museum in Belgrade. Belgrade: Kosmos, 2010

Rosman, Moshe. “Categorically Jewish; Distinctly Polish: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the New Polish-Jewish Metahistory.” Jewish Studies, and Internet Journal, vol 10, 2012. Online at 

Rupnow, Dirk. “From Final Depository to Memorial: the History and Significance of the Jewish Museum in Prague.” European Judaism. Volume: 37. Issue: 1, 2004. Pp 142 ff.

Shadur, Joseph and Yehudit. Traditional Jewish Papercuts: An Inner World of Art and Symbol. (Hanover NH: University Press of New England, 2002)

Not about Jewish heritage sites per se; but it describes artistic motifs also found on Jewish tombstones and synagogue decoration.

Schischa, Rebecca, with Dina Berenstein. Mapping Jewish Culture in Europe Today: A Pilot Project. London: Institute for Jewish Policy Research, 2002

Szpek, Heidi M. “’Oh Earth, Do Not Cover My Blood!’: Eastern European Jewish Identity and the Material Culture.” International Journal of the Humanities. Vol. 4, No. 4; 7-18

Valley, Eli. The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1999

Detailed descriptions of Jewish sites, history and traditions in Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw and Prague

Webber, Jonathan and Chris Schwarz. Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia. Indiana University Press, 2009

Yaniv, Bracha. The Carved Wooden Torah Arks of Eastern Europe. Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2017

YIVO Encyclopedia

Authoritative online encyclopedia of Jewish history, culture and heritage in (mainly) Eastern Europe.

Young, James. The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993