12/22/15

Volunteers at the Czernowitz Jewish Cemetery in 2008

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On behalf of Joanna Liss: “This is a photo of the original group that worked in the cemetery in 2008, organized by Mimi Taylor and Christian Hermann. I’m the one in the black and white Escher t-shirt. The reason I am posting it now is because a few days ago I met up with Clare Fester, the redheaded woman next to me, in Boston. We hadn’t seen each other since the project. Clare is Australian. She became interested in learning Yiddish after we had the wonderful opportunity to attend a part of the Yiddish conference in Czernowitz while we were there. It was on the 100th anniversary of the original Czernowitz Yiddish conference in 1908.

Since then, Clare has become proficient in Yiddish, created her own major in Yiddish studies, has studied in Belarus and Lithuania, and also at the Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts. She works for a Jewish organization that organizes Yiddish culture trips. She was in Boston attending a Jewish culture conference (and then meeting her mom and sister in New York, where they plan to visit Ellis Island, see Fiddler on the Roof, etc.).

What makes this all the more remarkable is that Clare isn’t Jewish, nor were any of the other participants in the group, other than me. One of the other group members, Katharina from Germany, wound up doing her thesis on Czernowitz. Another, Sophie from France, has worked for the UN. I am proud to have been a part of this remarkable and diverse group, and so glad that the cemetery project continues on.”

04/10/15

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”

03/12/15

The Mixture of Peoples in Bukowina


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Wissenschaftliche Beilage der Leipziger Zeitung
N° 87. Donnerstag, den 23. Juli 1891

Im Völkergemisch der Bukowina.
Ethnographische Studien von Fritz Racher.

Nach der Geschäfte Drang und Mühen winkt endlich wieder ein freier Tag, den ich dazu benütze, meine Kenntnisse von Land und Leuten zu bereichern, und dierin bietet wohl kaum ein Ländchen der Erde vielseitigere Gelegenheit, als das Land der grünen Buchen, die gesegnete Bukowina. An einem herrlichen Morgen besteigen wir den flinken Zauberwagen, der uns in Zeit von wenigen Stunden das Leben und Treiben 10 verschiedener Volksstämme vor Augen zu führen im Stande ist, möge mich der freundliche Leser auf dieser Rundfahrt begleiten. Das Gefährt rollt in nördlicher Richtung von dannen, Schloß und Dorf Waszkoutz [Vășcăuți: 47.9692655,26.022749] liegen bald fern hinter uns, der Weg schlängelt sich durch die Weidenbrüche des Sereth, die diesen Fluß auf seinem ganzen Laufe in weiter Ausdehnung umrahmen, und in einen eigenartigen Landschafts-Charakter sehen wir uns da versetzt. Continue reading