Jewish Heritage Europe


Monument to a Monument @ Saulėtekis school, Vilnius
Jan 17 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Opening of an exhibition of photographs by photographer Rimantas Dichavičius showing the Uzupis Jewish cemetery in Vilnius in 1964, before it was destroyed by the communist regime.

The exhibition marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Guided tour @ Vercelli synagogue
Jan 20 @ 15:00 – 18:00

There will be a guided tour of the 140-year-old synagogue in Vercelli, in northern Italy’s Piedmont region.

Eugen Barkany Colloquium @ Kultúrno-vzdelávacie centrum,
Jan 21 @ 09:00 – 13:00

A colloquium honoring the work of pioneering Jewish heritage researcher Eugen Bárkány.




International Holocaust Remembrance Day @ many countries
Jan 27 all-day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked in many countries with a wide variety of events and initiatives, ranging from meetings, concerts, and publications to educational programs and organized visits to Auschwitz.

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.


Symposium honoring James Young @ UMass Amherst
Feb 5 @ 10:00 – 17:30

The UMass Amherst Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies hosts a daylong symposium honoring the work of James Young, Distinguished Professor emeritus of English and Judaic and Near Eastern studies and founding director of the institute.

The symposium, “Edges, Textures, Stages: James Young and the Field of Memory Studies,” will be followed by a reception until 6:30 p.m. The symposium and reception are free and open to the public.

Young, an important figure in the field of memory studies, taught at UMass Amherst from 1988 until his retirement in 2018. He also has consulted with municipal agencies in developing memorials and was a jury member for the National 9/11 Memorial competition.

He is the author of “Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust,” “The Texture of Memory,” “At Memory’s Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture,” and “The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between.”

The symposium will feature panel talks by visiting scholars, including:

  • Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College and author of “The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial”
  • Alice M. Greenwald, president and chief executive officer of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History, founding director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and co-author of “Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946” and “Auschwitz”
  • Horst Hoheisel, sculpture artist and designer of “counter-monuments” such as “The Crushed Brandenburg Gate”
  • Laura Levitt, professor of religion, Jewish studies and gender at Temple University and author of “American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust”
  • Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and author of “Who will Write our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive”
Esrat Nashim – women in the synagogue a matter of sanctity? @ Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day

A workshop on Medieval Jewish history and traditions, focusing this year on the separation of women in the synagogue and the reasons for setting up separate sections for women.

It is organized by the Medieval Working Group in the Network  of Jewish Heritage and the City of Erfurt, in cooperation with the College of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg.

Seating is limited, and registration is requested by January 20.


On Feb. 21 there will be visits to:

The Old Synagogue in Worms and the Judenhof in Speyer

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The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World @ Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC
Feb 21 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Daniel J. Walkowitz, author of The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World and “a Jewish heritage tour guide like no other,” investigates the politics of the heritage tourism industry in a conversation with Eszter Susán, Museum of Jewish Heritage Prins Fellow.

Jewish Islington walking tour
Feb 24 @ 14:00 – 17:00

As of Feb. 3 — only the March 31 date is still available! Feb. 24 is sold out!

Walking tours organized by Chabad and led by Chabad Rabbi Mendy

During the 18th and 19th centuries London’s Islington borough had one of the largest Jewish populations in England. Discover the borough’s Jewish history.

The tour includes important sites of the historic Jewish community, including where the North London Synagogue once stood. You will find out about a wide range of characters, where they came from, where they lived, where they worshipped, and what happened to them. A rich cast of politicians, founders of business empires, inventors, mathematicians, artists, architects, writers, eccentrics, and villains is promised – not forgetting the many people with more ordinary lives who made up the community.

Meeting place in Islington will be provided on booking.

Jewish history of Mackenheim, France @ MJC Mackenheim
Mar 10 @ 17:00 – 18:30

Lecture by  historian and archivist Anne Sophie Stockbauer

The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World: Jewish Heritage in Europe and the United States @ Gellner room CEU Budapest
Mar 12 @ 18:00 – 19:00

Lecture by Daniel Walkowitz, author of The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World: Jewish Heritage in Europe and the United States (Rutgers 2018). The book combines a family history with analyses of heritage tourism in thirteen cities in eight countries, in search of the history of a Jewish socialist narrative represented by his paternal grandmother in whose footsteps he always imagined himself walking.

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