Jewish Heritage Tour to Eastern Europe

Jan 28th, 2017, 10:26 AM
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Jewish Heritage Tour to Eastern Europe

Any recommendations?
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Jan 28th, 2017, 01:17 PM
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Might help clarify what countries you plan to go to? And what aspects you are most interested in?

I would think the options would be pretty much endless.
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Jan 28th, 2017, 02:45 PM
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Prague and Budapest for sure.
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Jan 29th, 2017, 12:26 PM
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We are interested in the tour that includes the past (with some of the grueling historical sites, camps, graves), but also includes the new, vibrant Jewish scene that is emerging in some of these countries. We were considering Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Budapest, but are open to suggestions, such as Berlin.
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Jan 29th, 2017, 04:11 PM
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I'm assuming since you mentioned Berlin, you have not been to Germany. If not, definitely go to Nuremberg to visit the Documentation center. It's so informative and interesting. Nuremberg was Hitler's favorite city and it reinvented itself after the war partly to atone for that. I had been to the DC holocaust museum so I wasn't really expecting to be so moved by this- but I think it's a must see for those interested in the Holocaust. The best part is the interviews of people who were there at the time. Gives you amazing insight into what it was like to live in Nazi Germany, both from the perspective of a Jew or another undesirable and from the perspective of the bystander. Horrific but fascinating.

Also, if you haven't been to Rome before, the Jewish ghetto museum is hands down one of the best heritage museums I've seen. And I've been to a lot of them as they're my favorite type of museum! One of the things I liked about it is that it shows not only the past but also the resilience of the current community. Also of interest is the holocaust memorial in Venice.

(I know, probably not helpful, have yet to visit Eastern Europe thoug, next trip! Holocaust memorials and the Jewish museum were highlights from this last trip).
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Jan 29th, 2017, 04:25 PM
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Hey VF,

>Prague and Budapest
and Bucharest.

Rumania, Rumania http://tinyurl.com/p3w63m6

Ekh! Rumania, Rumania, Rumania …
Geven amol a land a zise, a sheyne.
Ekh! Rumania, Rumania, Rumania …
Geven amol a land a zise, a fayne.
Dort tsu voynen iz a fargenign;
Vos dos harts glust kenst du krign:
A mamaligele, a pastramele, a karnatsele **,
Ay, in Rumania iz dokh git
Fun keyn dayges veyst men nit
Vayn trinkt men iberal –
M’farbayst mit kashtaval.
Hay, digadi dam …

Und a glezele vayn, aha … !

** dried sausage

Di Rumener trinken vayn
Und esn mamalige;
Ver es kusht zayn eygn vayb
Ah, yener iz meshuge.

Oh! Rumania, Rumania, Rumania …
Once there was a land, sweet and lovely.
Oh! Rumania, Rumania, Rumania …
Once there was a land, sweet and fine.
To live there is a pleasure;
What your heart desires you can get;
A mamalige, a pastrami, a karnatzl,
And a glass of wine, aha … !



Rumanians drink wine and eat mamelige.
Anyone who kisses his own wife is crazy
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Jan 29th, 2017, 05:58 PM
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I'm not of Jewish descent, but I think Poland would be of high interest. It really is a fascinating country with tragic history. So I say yes to Krakow, Warsaw, and also to the CR and Prague; the Jewish quarter in Prague is very moving, very powerful. I've not been to Budapest. Amsterdam might provide something different but still of interest.

You have a lot of options.
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Jan 29th, 2017, 07:47 PM
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Wow, thanks for all the help! We have visited Amsterdam (the Jewish Historical Museum is one of my favorites), the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and to Rome, experiencing the Jewish history with a wonderful guide-Micaela Pavoncello, [email protected].
marvelousmouse--we are interested in Berlin and watched a Rick Steve's program on it tonight. thanks!
ira--you have helped us before! Romania, Romania--one of my favorite songs.

what do you think about this trip--https://www.gadventures.com/trips/the-best-of-eastern-europe/4085/ ?
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