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  • Cruising The Rivers of Europe

    By Traveling Cricket

    May 12, 2014 | 7:31 am

    Ever since we started dating, we've decided to spend all our anniversary traveling. As a result, our first wedding anniversary was spent on a long day trip - visiting fortresses and a scenic medieval town in Romania -, my birthday was spent in Austria and my husband's birthday on a...

  • Ghosts of Communism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Two weeks ago, my wife, Ann, and I completed our first trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Everywhere we went, our local guides proudly pointed out the progress that has been made since the fall of communism, and we could readily see for ourselves the affluence,...

  • The last generation

    April 4, 2013 | 5:23 am

    All my adult life, I have felt a burden to live more than one life. I am a child of survivors and a mourner of many who did not survive. In 1944, my grandparents and more than 700 others were murdered in a little-known massacre in Kremnicka, Slovakia. This, after Max and Alzbeta...

  • Slovak court moves toward imprisoning war criminal in Hungary

    March 29, 2013 | 7:53 am

    A Slovak court has commuted a death sentence against Laszlo Csatary, a war criminal whom Slovakia wants extradited from Hungary for his complicity in murdering thousands of Jews.

    A Czechoslovakian court in 1948 sentenced Csatary in absentia to death for torturing Jews and helping...

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  • Gloria Ungar

    By Jane Ulman

    March 28, 2013 | 8:11 am

    "Sorry, children. I’m not going to jeopardize my life for your father’s money.” The Christian forester smuggling three Jewish children across the border from Poland to Slovakia had stopped abruptly, wished them luck and told them to keep walking. But Gloria Ungar — then Gitta Nagel...

  • Lost Jewish Cities Found and Put Back on the Map

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 24, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    I’m already posted on this blog about the new ITunes app called Oshpitzin that uses smart phone technology to teach and tour pre-WW2 Jewish Oswiecim—the town where Auschwitz was built—which before the Holocaust was a majority Jewish town.

    In this JTA story I write about how this...

  • Jewish Cemetery Rescued in Slovakia

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 22, 2012 | 3:18 am

    Bravo to the local Leustach civic association for organizing a clean up operation for the long-abandoned and overgrown 18th century Jewish cemetery in the village of Janikovce,  near Nitra in central Slovakia!

    Here’s a link to my Jewish Heritage Europe report (with links to...

  • Jewish Winter Olympics in Slovakia-

    Ian Shulman

    February 23, 2012 | 9:22 am

    “So you are going to Slovakia to make a report about Jewish Winter Olympics in the mountains? Well, a kind of strange excuse for a winter vacation, Ian.”

    Indeed, why did I go at all? I never liked sports, I’m not any kind of sport reporter at all, I don’t really get...

  • In Slovakia, being strategic about preserving Jewish heritage

    August 29, 2011 | 10:21 am

    In 1989, on the eve of the fall of communism, the American poet Jerome Rothenberg published a powerful series of poems called “Khurbn” that dealt with the impact of the Holocaust on Eastern Europe.

    In one section, he recorded conversations he had had in Poland with local people who...

  • Jewish History Draws in Bratislava

    By Curt Leviant

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Once we declared here that we would visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, we expected people to say, "How quaint! How interesting! What an unusual place to visit." Instead, we invariably heard, "Why Bratislava?" And in Prague, when we announced our next stop, the reaction was,...