Abeles, Ashkenazim, Daniel, Holocaust, Kwiatkowski, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Pozsony, Hungary, Pressburg, Austria-Hungary, Rothsprack, Ruth Contreras, Szadlowski

Shoah Field Research and Raising Voices

I am honored to have received a personal invitation to participate in the inauguration of the museum exhibit in Austria. It is a wonderful opportunity not only to do personal family research, but to do the more important service of researching stories for Raising Voices in Europe. This is a very expensive venture, and my family simply cannot afford the trip at this time.

Ashkenazim, Davies/Davis, Navajo, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Plain City, Utah, Thomas Davies 1816-1899

Ready to Launch–No Excuses

I was inspired by a simple post from one of my favorite bloggers. Christian Mihai, titled The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers.  The first habit on his list? Yeah. "They never make excuses."

Abeles, Ashkenazim, Holocaust, Pittsburgh, PA, Sephardim

Pittsburgh

I knew these people. Because they were like me, a Jewish person living in America taking for granted all too often that we are safe. That it can never happen here. That people are basically good, that evil will not prevail. . . Now I am not so sure.

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, graveyard, Loew, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

The story of the golem is the type of myth that urban legends are borne from, but it is also the kind of myth that has the power to evoke fear and grow the seeds of hatred.

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, Holocaust, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria

Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time

This year's cemetery month begins with graveyard poetry. For today's post, I begin with the end: the final stanza of The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was first published 160 years ago, in 1858, and contemplated an abandoned Jewish graveyard established nearly 200 years previously in 1677. Among Longfellow's contemplation, he… Continue reading Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time