Jewish Heritage Europe

General Guidebooks, Publications on Tourism & Armchair Travel

Resources, publication and guidebooks for individual countries, regions and cities will be found in the Publications sections of the country pages.

Bechtel, Delphine and  Luba Jurgenson (eds). Le Tourisme Memoriel en Europe Central et Orientale. Paris: éditions Pétra, 2013

Cohen, Israel. Travels in Jewry. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1953.

Fascinating first-hand accounts of pre-World War II Jewish communities and sites in a number of countries in Europe.

Frank, Ben G. A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe. Gretna: Pelican, 2001 (Third Edition)

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

The most comprehensive Jewish travel guide to eastern and central Europe, encompassing 14 countries. The Jewish Heritage Travel blog — — updates material found in the book.

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

Essays on the impact of the surviving physical traces of pre-war Jewish life in East-Central Europe.

Jewish Travel Guide 2009. London: Valentine Mitchell, 2009

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

The first comprehensive Jewish travel guide to Europe (and North Africa).

Postal, Bernard, and Abramson, Samuel H. The Traveler’s Guide to Jewish Landmarks of Europe. New York: Fleet Press, 1971

Second edition of the 1962 classic Landmarks of a People, the first comprehensive post-Holocaust Jewish travel guide to Europe.

Semo, Marc, et al. The Cultural Guide to Jewish Europe (Le Guide culturel des Juifs d’Europe). Paris: Editions du Seuill, 2004 (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2004)

Tigay, Alan M. The Jewish Traveler: Hadassah Magazine’s Guide to the World’s Jewish Communities and Sights. Northvale, N.J,: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994

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

Detailed resource on Budapest, Warsaw, Krakow and Prague.

Winstone, Martin. The Holocaust Sites of Europe: An Historical Guide. I.B. Tauris, 2010

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