Shtetl Routes. Vestiges of Jewish cultural heritage in cross-border tourism in borderland of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine

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Shtetl Routes. Vestiges of Jewish cultural heritage in cross-border tourism in borderland of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine

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Journeys

Journeys

We invite you to travel through the Forgotten Continent by shtetl routes of the Polish, Belorussian and Ukrainian borderland.

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Shtetl, shtetlekh, township...

Shtetl, shtetlekh, township...

Co-existing churches – Catholic and Orthodox, synagogues, mosques, necropoleis – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim alike, all formed the space of townships and constituted a physical proof of the intermingling of cultures. 

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Jewish fables and tales

Jewish fables and tales

Fairy tales are magical stories, folk fables depict the lives of common folk, often enriched with divine or magical intervention. Supernatural tales express fear of evil forces – such as dybbuks, demons (especially the widespread stories of demoness Lilith, reflecting male fears about a beautiful woman able to cast an evil spell). Mystical tales on the other hand show wondrous deeds of great people, usually prominent rabbis.

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A Tale of Two Towns

A Tale of Two Towns

I had been to Żółkiew several times and always wanted to come back. There is something mystical about the place. It is completely off the tourist path—and at the same time so much a part of European history.

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Yizkor book of Wojslawice

Yizkor book of Wojslawice

Sefer zikaron Voislavitse (Yizkor book in memory of Voislavize), Editor: Shimon Kanc, Former Residents of Voislavize, Published: Tel Aviv 1970 (H,Y 515 pages)

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