Jewish Heritage Europe

Publications & Sources


Library of the L’viv Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe 

The searchable library includes a strong section of Polish and Ukrainian books on the history of L’viv and Galicia, as well a books in other languages and a section on New Media — DVDs, films, audio, slides, etc. 


Amar, Ariella. “Visual motifs In The Decoration Of Tombstones In Ukraine,” in Revival: Rubbings of Jewish Tombstones from the Ukraine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1992 (in English and Hebrew).

Barasch, Moshe. “Reflection on Tombstones: Childhood Memories,” Artibus et Historiae, nr. 17, 127-135, 1988

Bartov, Omer. Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine. Princeton, 2007

Beizer, Michael. Our Legacy: The CIS Synagogues, Past and Present. Jerusalem: Gesharim, 2002.

Ber of Bolechow, trans., M. Vishnitzer. The Memoirs of Ber of Bolechow (1723-1805). New York: Arno Press, 1973 (reprint of 1922 Oxford University Press edition).

A memoir describing 17th century Jewish life in todays western Ukraine and the details and perils of the kosher wine trade with Hungary.

Biryulyov, Yuriy, ed. Lviv Sightseeing Guide. Lviv: Centre d’Europe Publishing House, 2004

DuBois, Patrick. The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

Frank, Ben G. Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine. Gretna: Pelican, 1999

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

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

Gitelman, Zvi. A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union 1881 to the Present. New York: Schocken, 1988

Goberman, David. Carved Memories: Heritage in Stone from the Russian Jewish Pale. New York: Rizzoli, 2000

Goberman, David. Jewish Tombstones in Ukraine and Moldova. Moscow, 1993

Gold, Mykhailo, ed. Museum of History and Culture of Bukovyna Jews. (catalogue) Kiev: Duh 9 Litera, 2010

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

Hirsch, Marianne and Leo Spitzer. Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011

Hlembotska, Halyna. Images of a Vanished World (Exhibition Catalogue from the collections of the L’viv Art Gallery, L’viv Museum of History, Museum of Ethnography and Crafts, Museum of Religious History, private collections.) L’viv: Centre of Europe Publishing House, 2003

Hubka, Thomas C. Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community (Waltham: Brandeis, 2003)

Hubka provides a provocative interpretation of the art and architecture of a pre-modern wooden synagogue to illuminate the social, historical, and religious context of an Eastern-European Jewish community.

Jewish Chernivtsi: Unforgotten Image. Kiev: Duk I Litera, 2010

A fold-out guidebook and illustrated map of the city, showing Jewish sites and providing historic information.

Kagan, Berl ed. Luboml: The Memorial Book of a Vanished Shtetl.New York: KTAV Publishing House, 1997.

Kalnytsky, Mykhaylo. Jewish Addresses of Kyiv. Kiev: Institute of Judaic Studies, 2005. A map guide of nearly 100 sites of Jewish interest in Kiev.

Khaimovich, Boris. The Jewish Tombstones of the 16th-18th Centuries from the Eastern Province Of the Polish Kingdom: Study of the Iconography and Style Genesis.  PhD Dissertation, Hebrew University Jerusalem, 2005. (unpublished)

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 part of Eastern Europe.

King, Charles. Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams. New York: Norton, 2011

Kravtsov, Sergey R. Di Gildene Royze: The Turei Zahav Synagogue in L’viv. Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2011.

Kravtsov, Sergey R. “Jewish Identities in Synagogue Architecture in Galicia and Bukovina.” In Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, 6 (2010), 81–100. Online at

Kravtsov, Sergey R. and Vladimir Levin. Synagogues of Ukraine: Volhynia. Jerusalem, 2017.

An encyclopedic two-volume catalogue.

Marchenko, Alla.   In the Eyes of Uman Pilgrims: a Vision of Place and Its Inhabitants.  Springer. Contemporary Jewry: December 2017.

Nosonovsky, Michael. Hebrew Epitaphs and Inscriptions from Ukraine and Former Soviet Union. Washington: Lulu, 2006. Online at:

Nosonovsky, Michael. “Old Jewish Cemeteries in Ukraine: History, Monuments, Epitaphs.” Euro-Asian Jewish Yearbook 5768 (2007/2008). Moscow: 2009 237-261

Piechotka, Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka. Heaven’s Gates: Wooden Synagogues in the Territories of the Former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Krupski I S-ka, 2004.

Schloer, Joachim. “Odessity: in Search of Transnational Odessa (or “Odessa the best city in the world: All about Odessa and a great many jokes”)”. in Quest: Journal of Rondazione CDEC. No. 2, October 2011. Online at

Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.

Online magazine that from time to time publishes articles and interviews dealing with Jewish heritage sites.

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

Yaniv, Bracha. The Carved Wooden Torah Arks of Eastern Europe. Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in association with Liverpool University Press, 2017.