Memory Treatment and Urban Planning in L’viv, Chernivtsi, Chisinau and Wroclaw

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Click here for accessing the Research Project Memory of Vanished Population Groups in today’s East-Central European Urban Environments.

Click here for dowloading the brochure „What is to be remembed?“ on Chișinău [p. 6-16], Czernowitz [p. 16-30], Lemberg [p. 30-49], Wroclaw [p. 49-62].

Click here for downloading Leo Spitzer’s brochure “Connective Memories: Dreams, Mediascapes, Journeys of Return”

Shoah in Romania

Just received  this E mail fro a former Campulung resident now living in Israel. The Shoah of the Romanian Jews, there are some pictures of Czernowitz .     I hope somebody has the skills to translate to English from the Hebrew. It’s to complicated for my skills with Computers.

This is a PowerPoint presentation, so you will need a PowerPoint viewer to see it.

Click here shoah-romania to download

Michael Surkis

Virtual Sightseeing Flight Over Czernowitz

In May/June 2010 Julius Großmann from Heidelberg in Germany made a journey through Poland, Ukraine (including Czernowitz), Moldavia, Romania, Hungary and Austria. Nothing of note? Sure! It was a BIKE RIDE: 24 stages (Czernowitz = stage no. 6 on p. 17 – 24), cycling 3,600 kilometers with 23,000 metres in altitude. Incredible! His illustrated trip report (in German) is available for download here.

As an additional result of his journey, Julius compiled the existing Google Earth Czernowitz map with the 1907 street map of Czernowitz, available in our map section. A new mapping experience arose from this ingenious compilation process, so the new

Overlay Czernowitz 1907 Map

colorful, with wonderful 3-D effects and lots of clickable pictures is now online! Click here in order to download your Google Earth (kmz) file and open/run it with Google Earth. You will get map views as displayed below and you’ll be able to navigate, simulating a sightseeing flight over Czernowitz. Thank you, Julius, our “flight captain”!

For all Google Earth newcomers, please navigate as follows:

  1. Press “Shift” and “Page Down” or “Page Up” to adjust the viewing angle.
  2. Zoom in or out by pressing “+” or “-“.
  3. Turn left or right by pressing “Shift” and “Home” or “End”.
  4. Click on any picture dot in order to enlarge the pictures along the roads.
  5. Enjoy the sightseeing flight over Czernowitz!

Map Compilation: Google Earth + Bukovina 1910 – DOWNLOAD

About The MIR Project

Czernowitzers et al:I have been in contact with Reeva Kimble the webmistress of the Mir Belarus website. I came across her site while looking for other Jewish genealogical sites. May I recommend you spend some time browsing this interesting website? Even though I have no genealogical connection to Mir, I find the Mir website fascinating, and very nicely constructed.Reeva is also managing the translation of the Mir Yizkor book into English. You can see from the index page that there is precious little translated. To get the flavour of this town and the gut wrenching events that were to be its fate, take a moment and read “MIR – BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION” and ” THE GERMAN OCCUPATION AND LIQUIDATION OF OUR LITTLE TOWN”.It’s not clear to me why the history of this town affected me so profoundly, but it did. And when you add the fact that the voices of the Yizkor book cannot be heard by those who do not read Hebrew, more’s the pity!Reeva and I discussed the difficulty she’s having in getting more of the book translated. There are still survivors in Israel in their 80’s or older. They have engaged in other memorial activities as you will see when you get to the website.And so, I wondered if among us, there were folks who could and would translate ‘small chunks’ of the Yizkor book of Mir? To this end, I have in the ‘Pages’ section of this blog, posted a ‘chunk’ of the text (six pages, one of which has already been translated) for you to look at. You can go there directly, by clicking HERE.I have no idea whether this is a hard or and easy job: I don’t know if the Hebrew is easy to read or not; if it will take a long time or a short time to do a chunk of this size. Reeva says she has folks who can check the historical names, and correct them.Given all that, if you have English/Hebrew skills and would like to take a look at the materials above we would appreciate hearing from you, even if it’s just about the level of difficulty of the ‘job’. Reeva is primarily interested in doing the the History chapters first, starting with the ‘History of the Jews of Mir’ by Dr. N.M. Gelber.It would certainly be considered a ‘mitzveh’ to have some help with this project!Thanks,jerome