Jewish Heritage Europe

Tourism; and Shtetl, Ghetto & Urban Studies

These are more general sources. See the Travel and Genealogy resources page as well as individual country pages for more local guidebooks, brochures, web sites and the like.

Dymshits, V.A.,  L’vov, A.L., and  Sokolova, A. V., eds. Shtetl. XXI century field studies. St. Petersburg:  Petersburg Judaica, 2008.

A collection of articles  based on materials collected during research expeditions in 2005-2007 to three small Ukrainian towns: Tulchin, Balta, and Mogilev-Podolsk

Eliach, Yaffa. There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok. Back Bay Books, 1999

Geissbuhler, Simon. “Zablotow: Manes Sperbers ostgalizeisches Shtetl, der Holocaust und ein vergessener Friedhof.” Projekt 36. Bern, 2011

Gromova, Alina Gromova; Felix Heinert and Sebastian Voigt, eds. Jewish and Non-Jewish Spaces in the Urban Context. Berlin: Neofelis Verlag, 2015

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe. University of California Press, 2002  Click for TOC, Intro

Hoffman, Eva. Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997

Katz, Steven T. (ed). The Shtetl: New Evaluations. New York: NYU Press, 2006

Kirshenblatt, Mayer and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Childhood in Poland. University of California Press, 2007

Kugelmass, Jack and Jonathan Boyarin. From a Ruined Garden, Second Expanded Edition: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry. Indiana University Press, 1998

Lässig, Simone and Miriam Rürup, eds. Space and Spatiality in Modern German-Jewish History. New York/Oxford: Berghahn, 2017. The title says “German” but the essays discusses places and spaces well beyond Germany.

Lehrer, Erica and Hannah Smetrich. “Jewish? Heritage” In Poland? A Brief Manifesto & an Ethnographic-Design Intervention into Jewish Tourism to Poland.” Bridges, Vol. 12, No. 2. (Telling Stories, Listening, for a Change.) Autumn, 2007. 36-41

Murzyn-Kupisz, Monika and Jacek Puchla (eds.) Reclaiming Memory: Urban regeneration in the historic Jewish quarters of Central European cities. Krakow: International Cultural Center, 2009

Orban, Frenc. Guide to Jewish Hungary. Budapest: Makkabi, 2004. The most comprehensive local guidebook in English.

Petrovsky-Shtern, Yohanan. The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe. Princeton: 2014

Reisz, Matthew. Europe’s Jewish Quarters. London/New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991

Richmond, Theo. Konin: One Man’s Quest for a Vanished Jewish Community. Vintage (Random House), NY, 1995 (1996)

Rosen, Jonathan and Jeffrey Shandler. Lives Remembered: A Shtetl Through A Photographer’s Eye. New York: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2002

Rothenberg, Joshua. “Demythologizing the Shtetl” in Midstream (March 1981): 25-31

Shandler, Jeffrey. Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History. Rutgers: 2014

Siauciunaite-Verbickiene and Larisa Lempertiene, eds. Jewish Space in Central and Eastern Europe: Day-to-Day History. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007

Toth, Eeszebet Fanni. Walking the Jewish Past? The Effects of Tourism on the Interpretations of Budapest Jewish District. (MA Thesis, Central European Unversity, Budapest. 2008)

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

Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories. New York: YIVO Inst./Routes to Roots Foundation, 1997

Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories. Routes to Roots, 1999

Weiss, Iris. “Jewish Disneyland – the Appropriation and Dispossession of Jewishness.” Golem Vol. 3, No. 6, 2002