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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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Safah Ivriah Cultural and Education Center

Safah Ivriah used to be one of Chernivtsi’s major institutions to promote the Hebrew language before World War II. Its students included famous poet Paul Celan and Centropa interviewee Bruno Bittmann.

Morgenroit Cultural House

“Morgenroit” was an organization of “Bund”, the Jewish section of the Social Democratic Party, which established the Morgenroit Cultural House in 1908 as an educational and cultural center for Jewish workers.

Jewish Cemetery

Chernivtsi’s impressive Jewish cemetery is located a bit outside the city center. With an estimated 50,000 tombs, the cemetery is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe, and a testimonial to the city´s rich Jewish heritage.

Jewish National House

This grand building opened in 1908, and soon became the home of Chernivtsi’s Jewish community and Jewish institutions. Today, it’s also the location of the Chernivtsi Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews – and the starting place of this AudioWalk.

Beit Tfilah Benyamin

Beit Tfilah Benyamin

The Beit Tfilah Benyamin synagogue played an important role for Jewish life after 1945, as it became the only functioning synagogue for decades.

The building of the former Groise Shil today

Groise Shil

The Groise Shil was built in 1854 and was the main Jewish temple of Chernivtsi until 1877. When the Temple synagogue was built, the Groise Shil became the main Orthodox synagogue in Chernivtsi.

The blue and white bulding of the building of the former Temple synagogue

Temple Synagogue

“We went to the big temple on special occasions, like the high holidays or a wedding, and it was always full, you had to buy seats for this beforehand from the Jewish community […]” – Melitta Seiler