A Walk in Leopoldstadt, Vienna: Jewish Traces, Jewish Life

Leopoldstadt, `the city of Leopold`, named this way after Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia, who reigned over these lands in the seventeenth century, is the second district of Vienna. It is located in the center of the metropolis, and it has a population about the size of an…

Two Cities, Two Worlds. The Place of Synagogue in the Life of Krynki, Tykocin (Poland), and Carei (Romania)

Modernity and its related intricate processes gave birth in the European intellectual and social areas to a dichotomy constructed around the idea of the existence of two civilisations, one good, based on the old modes of existence, and one bad, visible in the upheaval purported by the new technological processes that brought the old world…

Markers of Jewish Identity on the Polish Territory: North to South, East to West

Irrespective of your point of departure or arrival, remnants of Jewish life are everywhere on Polish territory. Poland, once host of the second biggest community of Jews on the continent (the Russian Empire was on the first rank), is now witness to the complex process of the reconstruction of bonds. These bonds concern multiple generations,…

Faces and Characters of the Jewish Ghettos of Lʼviv (Ukraine) and Bucharest (Romania): History, Memory, Literature

The present article tells the story of two different types of Jewish communities, the Ashkenazi Jews living in Lʼviv, the capital of what was once Galicia, region within the Habsburg Monarchy (1), and the Sephardic Jews living in Bucharest, the capital of what were once the Danubian Principalities (2). The few existing stories speak about…

Once Upon a Time Never Comes Again. The Traces of the Shtetl in Southern Podolia (Ukraine)

Book details: Simon Geissbühler, Once Upon a Time Never Comes Again. The Traces of the Shtetl in Southern Podolia (Ukraine), Bern, 2014, Projekt 36, 135 pages (including illustrations)   This work we are describing here is a booklet that, by the help of touching pictures, attempts to map the traces of few Jewish settlements located…