• Holocaust,  Jewish History

    Global Response to the Holocaust Lecture Part 1: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Soviet Union

    visite du site Global Response to the Holocaust Lecture, a free Zoom event. Free Virtual Lecture Series Hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage October 14, November 11, December 9  Register by phone or follow the links, see below. These lectures are FREE but Registration for each event is required.  Presented by Irene Shaland Part I – The Ring of Fire: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Soviet Union – October 14  at 7:00 PM Part II – From Europe to Asia: Norway, Sweden, China, India – November 11  at 7:00 PM Part III: The Islands and the Boot: Cuba, Calabria/Italy, Malta, Corsica – December 9  at 7:00 PM  Lectures are free, but a separate registration is required for each event. Zoom link(s)…

  • Rabbi Barbara Aiello
    Jewish History,  Lecture

    Schedule of 2020 Jewish History Lectures by Irene Shaland

    http://jeveuxdu.fr/24975-dtf16963-rencontre-avec-coquine.html Upcoming Jewish History Lectures Presented by Irene Shaland: September, October, December 2020 “…memory is the keyword, which combines past and present, past and future…” Elie Wiesel An internationally-published writer and educator Irene Shaland invites you to embark on a journey through the painful past and often controversial present of twelve countries on three continents to understand how and why various nations around the world respond to the Holocaust remembrance. Date Time Location Lecture Subject Sept. 30, 2020 7:00 PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland presents Part I of her lecture “Travels in Jewish History” sponsored by the New City Library, New City, NY.  The lecture is free, but registration is required. To register…

  • Books,  Jewish History,  Travel Tips

    Jewish Diaspora Book Review

    We came across a recent review of Irene Shaland’s book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Tales of Jewish Diaspora, Persecution, the Holocaust and Rebirth in Europe, Africa and Asia” and want to share it with our readers. Reviewed by  Beverly Friend, Ph. D., Professor of English at Oakton Community College, Executive Director of the China Judaic Studies Association. “When this book came out, I emailed a brief blurb to the China/Judaic Studies list, noting the cities and countries covered.  However, Chapter 4, on Kaifeng, is  of special interest.  Reading Shaland’s words brought back many memories of the time I was there in 1993 leading a group of…

  • Books,  Europe,  General,  History,  Holocaust,  Jewish History

    The “Jewish Question” in Vienna (excerpt from The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories)

    Don’t look for the Steinedererinnerung in your guidebook: the murdered Jews of Austria have neither a Rick Steves nor a Frommer. And Vienna, basking in its Baroque and Art Nouveau splendor, would rather have you waltzing from Schonbrunn palace to Sachertorte’s shops instead of searching out the synagogues and homes of long-gone Jews. An Austrian sarcastic proverb, as noted by Magrit Reiter in her conference presentation “Antisemitism in Austria after the Shoa,” declares that Germans were the “better Nazis,” while Austrians were definitely the “better anti-Semites.” The Holocaust victims’ destiny was, for the most part, determined by three key factors: the degree of control the Nazis had in the region,…

  • Asia,  China,  Europe,  General,  History,  Holocaust,  Italy,  Jewish History

    The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Released

    New book of stories from Irene Shaland is now available in paperback. In The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish narrative from various parts of the globe. She takes the reader on a fascinating journey, both familiar and unknown, from Europe to Asia and Africa, from Vienna to Delhi and Nairobi. The fate of the brilliant Jewish community of Vienna annihilated during the Holocaust shines a disturbing light on the stories of the current rise of Antisemitism in Scandinavia and throughout Europe. Two-millennium old tales of little-known Jewish communities of India and China, who never knew religious persecution, reveal happy chapters in the…