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Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to East-Central Europe Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Gruber weaves historical information and contemporary facts into a guidebook to specific communities and places of Jewish interest, including Holocaust-related sites. Coverage excludes Russia and the Baltics.
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"Offers a surprising balance of information to a far broader audience than its title suggests." -- (Houston Chronicle, 1999)

"Ruth Gruber proves to her many readers that journalism, too, can be at the service of memory." -- (Elie Wiesel, 1999)

"Will appeal to history, culture, and religion buffs of any faith." -- (USA Today, 1999)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; Revised edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765760630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765760630
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,013,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning American writer, editor and photographer Ruth Ellen Gruber has chronicled European Jewish issues for more than two decades and works on cultural topics including an ongoing project called "Sauerkraut Cowboys" documenting how Europeans embrace the mythology of the American Wild West. She is the coordinator of the web site and in 2011 was awarded Poland's Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit, one of Poland's highest honors for foreign citizens.

Ruth coined the term "Virtually Jewish" to describe the way the so-called "Jewish space" in Europe is often filled by non-Jews: klezmer music, culture festivals, museums, tourism, and kitsch as well as serious and sensitive study and involvement.

Her books include National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, (2007), Letters from Europe (and Elsewhere) (2008), Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe (2002), and Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today (1994).

A former correspondent in Eastern Europe for United Press International, she is Senior European correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency JTA. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, Hadassah Magazine, the New Leader, the London Independent and many other publications. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Autry National Center/Institute for the Study of the American West, and others.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Abe Anhang on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If one is on the verge of taking a trip to Poland and other countries in easter Europe to see what is left of the Jewish communities, there is no better preparation than this book. Not only does it provide an overview of what remains in all these eastern European countries, it also gives detailed information of where to look and what to see in each city. While it is an excellent tourist guide, it also provides history. There is also a section setting out where to get more information about each village (and there were so many of them!). This is Ruth Gruber's second book on the subject. It is more comprehensive than the first and is certainly worth the money. If you are planning a heritage trip to find your ancestors, don't leave home without it. I found it invaluable.
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