Jewish Heritage Europe

Publications & Sources


The Leo Baeck Institute’s online guide to the archives of Jewish Bukovina and Transylvania 

Over the course of six months in 2013, two Leo Baeck Institute archivists conducted a systematic inventory of the archival holdings related to German-speaking Jewish communities in Southern Bukovina (the part of historical Bukovina currently located in Romania) and Southern Transylvania, where the Jewish communities were primarily German-speaking due to the influence of the German cultural environment. The result of their work is now publicly accessible via this searchable online catalogue. The objective of this project is to facilitate greater access to collections that have been virtually hidden since World War II and thereby stimulate research in the Jewish history of these areas both locally and at a European and international level.

The web site has an extensive Bibliography of works on Romanian and general Jewish heritage

Bibliography of works relating to Jewish Bucovina (now divided between Ukraine and Romania)


Annals of Spiru Haret University – Architecture Series. Issue 1/2012: Architecture of Romanian Minorities.
Detailed articles on Jewish history and built heritage in several specific towns in Romania: Petrosani, Pitesti, Craiova, Caracal, Constanta (available online, and also linked to in the Heritage & Heritage Sites page).
Ceallaigh, Philip Ó. Bucharest, Broken City. Granta 134: No Man’s Land, Feb. 17, 2016.
Long essay about the destruction and aftermath of destruction of the old Jewish quarter in Bucharest.

Erdelyi, Lajos. The House of the Living. Budapest: Torony Kiado, 1990s — no date.

Erdelyi, Lajos. Regi Zsido Temetok Muveszete. Bucharest: Kriterion, 1980

Erich, Renata M. and Höfer, Edmund. Ojtser: Das Schtetl in der Moldau und Bukowina heute. Vienna: Verlag Christian Brandstätter, 1988.

Fuchs, Ben Zion (editor-in-chief). The Book of Jews from Suceava (Shotz). Haifa: Association of Former Residents of Suceava (Shotz) and Surroundings, 2007.

A modern Yizkor (memorial) book dealing with Suceava and surrounding communities: Arbore, Balaceana, Bosanci, Burdujeni, Cacica, ComăneştiCostina, Dărmăneşti, Ilişeşti, Iţcani, Mărăţea, Mitoc, PătrăuţiSolca, Todireşti, Zahareşti. Parts of the book are available online at the link provided.

Geissbühler, Simon. Jewish Cemeteries of Bucovina. Bucharest: Noi, 2009

Photos and history of Jewish sites in the Bucovina region of northern Romania and southwest Ukraine.

Geissbühler, Simon. Like Shells on a Shore: Synagogues and Jewish Cemeteries of Northern Moldavia. Bern: Projekt 36, 2010

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe. Washington: National Geographic, 2007

Khaimovich, Boris. The Work of Our Hands to Glorify: Murals of Beit Tfila Benyamin Synagogue in Chernovits. Kiev: Spirit and Letter, 2008.

Insightful analysis of the iconography of synagogue paintings in this part of Eastern Europe.

Kuler, Hary and Benjamin, Lya (trans. Viviane Prager). The History Museum of the Romania Jews (catalog). Bucharest: HaSefer, 2002

Lazăr, Osy and Elena Maxim (eds.) Touristic guide – The Jewish Community of Bucharest. Bucharest: f.e., 2007

Manca, Cella. “Old Mosaic Funeral Stelas in the North of Moldavia.” In Revue Roumaine D’Histoire de L’Art, Serie Beaux-Arts, Tome XVI, Bucharest 1979

Sanie, Silviu. Dainuire prin Piatra: Monumentele Cimitirului Medieval Evreiesc de la Siret. Bucharest: Editura Hasefer, 2000.

Streja, Aristide and Lucian Schwarz. Synagogues of Romania. Bucharest: Hasefer Publishing House.

Teodorescu, Nicoleta Doina, and  Corina LUCESCU. “The Architectural Heritage of the Jews of Constanța.” in Annals of Spiru Haret University: Architecture Series. 1/2012.

Waldman, Felicia, and Ciuciu, Anca. Stories and Images of Jewish Bucharest. Bucharest: Noi Media Print, 2011

Weggemann, Thomas. Die sprechenden Steine von Siret. 2001 Photographic book on the Old Jewish cemetery in Siret. (Contact the author to purchase a copy —