Shtetl Part 2: A Virtual Tour of the Once Jewish Towns of Eastern Europe
We are going to visit selected shtetls from all ends of Eastern Europe – Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus. We will walk down their old streets, look at the Jewish homes, and see how general shtetl features are reflected in these particular towns. We will discuss the relations between Jews and Christians, as well as the political and social life in these shtetls. We will see how shtetl life changed over the centuries. Combining old and new photographs and people’s memoirs we will travel through time to imagine and understand the life of our ancestors.
Evgenia Kempinski is a Russian Jew born and raised in St. Petersburg. Her family was originally from the Pale of Settlement – Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia. She has been an official St. Petersburg tour guide for over 15 years and she is the founder and owner of St.Petersburg Jewish Tours – a company offering Jewish travelers a unique experience of showcasing the best of the former Soviet Union and Scandinavia from a Jewish point of view. She currently lives in Haifa, Israel,