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The cultural guide to Jewish Europe
Uniform Title:
Guide culturel des juifs d'Europe. English.
Publication Information:
France : Seuil ; San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
610 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 2002 in France by Éditions du Seuil and Fondation Jacques et Jaqueline Lévy-Willard under the title: Le Guide culturel des juifs d'Europe.
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DS135.E8 G8513 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This definitive guide to the treasures of Jewish Europe is, in the words of Elie Wiesel, "superbly written and illustrated [and] packed with dramatic tales and picturesque details." Edited by a 16-member team of esteemed journalists and historians, this unique guide invites readers to discover a Europe off the beaten tourist-track. In addition to important historic sites such as the ghetto of Venice, the old Jewish quarter of Prague, and the Anne Frank house, the authors explore the hidden gems of Jewish culture typically absent from other travel guides, from synagogues in Provence to cobbled village lanes in Romania, from a Sephardic museum in Toledo to a Jewish bakery in Budapest. Plentiful anecdotes and historical essays paint a rich narrative of Jewish life and culture from antiquity to the present day, making for fascinating reading on the road or at home. Practical, thorough, and packed with photographs and a wealth of information in a compact trim size, this comprehensive guide is every traveler's passport to discovering Europe's estimable Jewish heritage. Published with the assistance of The Jacques and Jacqueline Levy-Willard Foundation, dedicated to the advancement of the artistic and cultural Jewish heritage.

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Library Journal Review

Devoted to the advancement of artistic and cultural Jewish heritage, the Jacques and Jacqueline L?vy-Willard Foundation coordinated a team of 16 journalists and historians to produce this beautiful, well-intentioned, and yet peculiar travel guide. It does an excellent job of outlining major events in Jewish history throughout eastern and western Europe, presenting detailed information on worthwhile sites, including hours of operation, street addresses, and telephone numbers. Selections range from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to a synagogue in Provence. Worthwhile attractions in countries like Switzerland, Ireland, Latvia, and Finland-for which Jewish information may not be readily available in standard travel guides-are also covered. Glossy photographs and illustrations provide helpful introductions to major sites (or former sites, since many were destroyed in World War II). However, while historical maps abound, there are no contemporary maps-a major omission for serious travelers. The table of contents is extensive, but it does not make up for the lack of an index. Recommended for larger travel and Jewish history collections.-Olga B. Wise, Austin, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.