Traveler's Guide to Jewish Germany

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"Strongly recommended for people interested in history who would also like to go on a journey of discovery."
--KNA: Katholische Nachrichten Agentur

No country in the world, outside of Israel itself, contains more Jewish historical sites of importance than Germany does today. The largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, the Weissensee, is in Berlin, while the deepest, and perhaps most beautiful, mikveh (ritual bath) in Germany dates from the 13th century and can be found in Friedberg.

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Overview

"Strongly recommended for people interested in history who would also like to go on a journey of discovery."
--KNA: Katholische Nachrichten Agentur

No country in the world, outside of Israel itself, contains more Jewish historical sites of importance than Germany does today. The largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, the Weissensee, is in Berlin, while the deepest, and perhaps most beautiful, mikveh (ritual bath) in Germany dates from the 13th century and can be found in Friedberg.

Ranging from large synagogues to former prayer rooms to cemeteries, the sites listed serve as testaments to the life and culture of German Jewish communities for more than one thousand years. They have withstood the ravages of time as well as the barbaric efforts of the Third Reich to obliterate them.

Today, these sites are becoming increasingly popular tourist attractions. However, many are off the beaten path and are visited only occasionally. That is just one reason why this guide is so valuable. In addition to listing locations of the sites (which may also be found on the maps contained in the book), the authors advise keeping a flexible schedule to accommodate unexpected closings.

Also included are tips for getting around in Germany, utilizing city and town tourist offices, and asking questions for directions. Proper etiquette is also addressed, and a comprehensive chronology of major historical events in German Jewish life and culture is provided.

Many Jewish rituals and traditions, including family names, the Yiddish language, and Talmudic teaching, have their origins in the Jewish communities of Germany. Now, these communities may finally be explored.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565542549
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hirsch was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. For many years, he worked as the chief financial officer for an Austrian affiliate of a Swiss company. He met his wife and co-author, Billie Ann Lopez, in Central Park in New York City during the summer of 1981. He is an avid traveler and, in order to create his guide book, visited about three hundred cities, towns, and villages in Germany.

Billie Ann Lopez devoted her life to Austrian and German culture and considered Vienna her home. During her career as a freelance writer, she wrote more than forty articles about Vienna, ranging from old Viennese humor to Austrian birdwatching. Some of the topics about which Lopez wrote include Austrian automobiles, holidays, customs, and Mark Twain's visit to Vienna. Lopez died September 2003.

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    You should so totally buy this book. I'm sixteen and I love this book. Every religious person should read this!

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    Posted November 17, 2002

    Best Book

    This is the best book ever. Peter Hirsch is a great Jewish writer. I really recomend buying this book!

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