From Ternopil to Chortkiv

Our heritage trip through eastern Galicia continues. The rain stoped at night. Fog followed a sunny morning and turned the landscape into a mystic place while we traveled further south. En route were Skalat, Terebovlia, Strusiv and Yazlovets – all of these towns are located in Ternopil oblast of Ukraine.

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Through the Rain

A new Jewish heritage trip through western Ukraine has begun. For four days my friends and I will explore towns and villages in Galicia and Volhynia. Today, through constantly falling rain, we traveled from Lviv to Ternopil and had stops in Toporiv, Lopatyn, Berestechko, Demydivka, Mlyniv and Dubno.

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Vanished World 2019 Calendar For Free Download

December is coming closer and with all its holidays it’s for many of us a time of gifts. I would like to give a present to all who accompanied my trips through Eastern Europe’s Jewish past and present – either in person or by following my experiences through the Vanished World blog or social media. To me, 2018 was an exceptional year – I published a photo book, visited Hungary for the first time and guided a tour through Ukraine and Moldova in spring. A calendar for 2019 with some of my photos reflecting all these events is now available for free download. You may produce it on your own printer or at an on-line shop of your choice. Enjoy and have a great 2019!

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Media coverage of my new book, an award and more exhibitions

A lot happened since my last post in July. On 4 September, my new book “In Fading Light. Traces of Jewish Life in the East of Europe” was released. Since then, the book was kindly recepted by the media. And there was more: On 2 September, I was awarded with a “Key to the City” in Lviv. Bookstore and gallery Böttger exhibits a selection of my photos in Bonn and there are plans for a bigger exhibition in Augsburg.

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From Ivano-Frankivsk to Lviv

May 25 was the last day of our 12-day journey through Galicia, Bukovina and Bessarabia in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. Our itinerary took us on the way back to Lviv to Tysmenytsia, Halych, Burshtyn, Rohatyn and Bibrka.

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From Mohyliv-Podilskyi to Ivano-Frankivsk

May 24 was the longest day of our journey. 400 kilometers on Ukrainian roads can be challenging for drivers and passengers but we were glad to find the roads in much better condition than expected. Our route included the impressive Jewish cemetery of Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Khotyn fortress and Jewish heritage sites in Buchach and Chortkiv. Originally not planned was a stop in Kamianets-Podilskyi – one of the largest mass killing sites from the time of the German occupation.

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Otaci’s Jewish Cemetery

We left Moldova’s capital Chişinău in the morning of May 23, 2018, and headed north towards the border to Ukraine. Before border crossing we had a stop in the town of Otaci which was known as a transit point for deportees to the Romanian camps and ghettos in Transnistria during World War II. What is often failed to see, is that Otaci looks back on a long Jewish history. The cemetery in the nearby village of Vălcineţ is a reminder.

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Two Days in Bessarabia

It turned out to be difficult to report from the road when traveling with a big group and having a dense itinerary. Now, already back home, I have time to take up the narration. Last time I wrote from Chişinău on May 21 but did not report what we experienced there. On May 22 we were out for a day trip to Vadul Raşcov Jewish cemetery and the cave monasteries of Tipova – both magic places.

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On the Road to Chişinău

Yesterday, our group moved on through Bessarabia. In Bălţi we visited the magnificent Jewish cemetery and then went further south to the Moldovan capital of Chişinău. En route were the Jewish agricultural colony of Mărculeşti and Orhei with its imposing cemetery.

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