Panel Discussion: Czernowitz in Jewish Memory

Reform Synagogue in Czernowitz, Ron, Moshe, 1909-, photographer

March 8, 2010, Center for Jewish History: Czernowitz, the “Vienna of the East,” is the site of two different powerful memories. To some, it was home to an assimilated Austro-German Jewish culture; to others, it was a hub for the creation of modern Yiddish language and culture. A panel of historians and writers, including Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer, the authors of a new volume entitled Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory; Susannah Heschel, scholar of modern Judaism, descendant of rabbinic families from the Czernowitz region; Norman Manea, Romanian-born writer and professor of European studies and culture; Boris Sandler, editor of the Yiddish Forverts and author and producer of a new documentary film Glimpses of Yiddish Czernowitz; and Atina Grossmann, scholar of modern German and European history, discussed and debated the reconciliation of these two different memories within the broader history of Jewish emancipation, assimilation and resistance in Eastern Europe.

 

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