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Centropa’s AudioWalks take you on a journey through the Jewish history of Central and Eastern Europe.

Use our multimedia maps, and explore the family pictures, archival material, and personal stories of 21 Jewish Holocaust survivors to get a unique insight into Europe’s rich Jewish heritage, and to discover sites of Jewish life in towns in Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania.

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Monument to the victims of mass shootings in July 1941

Monument to the victims of mass shooting in July 1941

In a forest not far from the Prut River, a monument with a Star of David and a menorah commemorates the 400 Jews who were shot by German troops in early July 1941, in the first few days after German and Romanian troops had invaded the city.

Historic picture of the former sportsground "Maccabi"

Former Maccabi sports ground

“My brother was a member of the Maccabi soccer team since he was ten. The team would even travel to Bucharest and play against Maccabi Bucharest.” – Sylvia Segenreich

Ghetto and ghetto memorial

On July 5, 1941, German troops occupied Chernivtsi. All Jews had to go to the ghetto […] We were eight or nine people in a small basement apartment, but others were worse off. We were only allowed on the streets at certain times.- Bruno Bittmann

Birthplace Rose Ausländer

Birthplace of Rose Ausländer

“Why am I writing? Maybe because I was born in Czernowitz, because the world came to me in Czernowitz. That special landscape. The special people. Fairy tales and myths were in the air, you could breathe them in.” – Rose Ausländer

Birthplace of Paul Celan

Birthplace of Paul Celan

Known by many for his poem, “Death fugue”, Paul Celan was one of the famous German-language poets of the post–World War II era. Visit the house where his family lived in his hometown Chernivtsi, and where Paul grew up in the 1920s and 1930s before emigrating to Paris.

Machsike Shabbat

Machsike Shabbat

Established in 1894, the organization “Machsike Shabbat” supported poor members of the local Jewish community in Chernivtsi until 1940.

Building of the fomer Jewish hospital

Israelite Home for the Elderly and Invalid

The Home for the Invalid and Elderly opened in 1911 and was the last big project of the Jewish community of Chernivtsi during the Habsburg period. With the adjoining Jewish hospital, it became part of the territory of the Ghetto in 1941.

Jewish Orphanage

The Jewish orphanage “Emperor Franz Joseph Jubilee Orphanage for the Israelites in Czernowitz” opened in 1904. It was administered under the guidance of the Board of the Jewish community until its nationalization in 1941.

Building of the former Jewish primary school today

Jewish Primary School+

Until the mid-19th century, Jewish children in Chernivtsi studied only in illegal religious schools. After a public education reform, the Jewish primary school opened in 1855.