“10 Commandments of Jewish Heritage” — what do you say?

Close-up of Torah scrolls in the Ark in Dublin.In time for Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the reception of the 10 Commandments from God, Sally Berkovic, the CEO of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, has written a long, thoughtful essay proposing “10 Commandments” of Jewish Heritage – her hope … Continue reading

Interview with Virtual Shtetl’s founder, Albert Stankowski

Virtual Shtetl_logo_en  In the six years since it was founded, the Virtual Shtetl web site has become an extraordinary digital portal to news, information and data about Jewish heritage, history and sites in more than 2,500 localities in historic Polish lands. … Continue reading

Vandalism. Contexts, practicalities, and expectations (crosspost)

Rajgród, Poland memorial before the vandal attack. Photo: FODZA vandal attack on the recently erected Holocaust memorial in Rajgród, a small town in northern Poland, has led Sam Gruber to consider the context of vandalism of Jewish — and other — monuments and cultural and historic sites, and … Continue reading

“Dark tourism” — a comparative perspective

Slave cabins as tourist sites at Boone Hall planation    Jewish Heritage Europe coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber has had an article published on the web site of Drayton Hall, a preserved plantation near Charleston, South Carolina, dealing with several issues related to (Jewish) heritage preservation and tourism. Called “Dark … Continue reading