Irene Shaland’s latest article “A Personal Story about Holocaust” was published by The International Writers Magazine, Hack Writers

Irene-Shaland-Holocaust_ArticleI did not travel anywhere to find this story. It lives within me, as it does within most Jewish people’s hearts and minds. These are our personal Holocaust narratives: pain and loss, lives interrupted, generations unborn, and post-war silence and indifference. Multitudes of these internalized narratives are recorded, but many are still untold. [Please follow the link to read the complete article:] Read our Jewish stories from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

How to discover China off the beaten track – what does it take to preserve Jewish identity if you are a Chinese Jew?

China, Kaifeng, Jewish cemetery, travel, global travel authors

October 2012, Again – Kaifeng, China. We are at the oldest Jewish burial place in China – with Mr. Jin in front of his life-long project, his family memorial.

Our new friend dedicated his life savings and his entire life to create this marble memorial book which presents – engraved in English on one side and in Chinese on another – the 900-year story of Mr. Jin’s family within the context of Chinese history. “Chronological” (narrative) and “Genealogical” (family tree) records, written there large and flamboyant, and in stone.  True to the Confucian culture of their country, Jin’s family kept their genealogical records for many centuries. When the government confiscated records, a secretly made copy of it was securely hidden. And then – reborn as Mr. Jin’s marble monument to his ancestors and to the eternal Jewish spirit.

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