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Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory

Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer


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, the authors chronicle the city's survival in personal, familial, and cultural memory. They find not only evidence of a cosmopolitan culture of nostal ... More

Keywords: Ukraine, Czernowitz, Vienna of East, Habsburg empire, Eastern European culture, oppression, Holocaust, Romania

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257726
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marianne Hirsch, author

Leo Spitzer, author