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Ghosts of Home

The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory

Leo Spitzer, Marianne Hirsch

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Judentum

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In modern-day Ukraine, east of the Carpathian Mountains, there is an invisible city. Known as Czernowitz, the "Vienna of the East" under the Habsburg empire, this vibrant Jewish-German Eastern European culture vanished after World War II—yet an idealized version lives on, suspended in the memories of its dispersed people and passed down to their children like a precious and haunted heirloom. In this original blend of history and communal memoir, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer chronicle the city's survival in personal, familial, and cultural memory. They find evidence of a cosmopolitan culture of nostalgic lore—but also of oppression, shattered promises, and shadows of the Holocaust in Romania. Hirsch and Spitzer present the first historical account of Jewish Czernowitz in the English language and offer a profound analysis of memory's echo across generations.

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anthropology, carpathian mountains, idealized place, vanished community, wwii, jewish german, personal history, holocaust, discussion books, historical account, multigenerational, generational, eastern european culture, engaging, european culture, nonfiction, czernowitz, habsburg empire, cultural identity, jewish memory, world war ii, communal memoir, jewish czernowitz, family, romania, ukraine, education, cultural memory, family history, dispersed people, oral history