Ghosts of Home (Paperback)
The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory
University of California Press, 9780520271258, 362pp.
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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In modern-day Ukraine, east of the Carpathian Mountains, there is an invisible city. Known as Czernowitz, the Vienna of the East under the Habsburg empire, this vibrant Jewish-German Eastern European culture vanished after World War IIyet an idealized version lives on, suspended in the memories of its dispersed people and passed down to their children like a precious and haunted heirloom. In this original blend of history and communal memoir, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer chronicle the city's survival in personal, familial, and cultural memory. They find evidence of a cosmopolitan culture of nostalgic lorebut also of oppression, shattered promises, and shadows of the Holocaust in Romania. Hirsch and Spitzer present the first historical account of Jewish Czernowitz in the English language and offer a profound analysis of memory's echo across generations.
About the Author
Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Co-Director of the Institute of Research on Women and Gender, at Columbia University. She is the author of Family Frames: Photography, Narrative, and Postmemory, among other books. Leo Spitzer is Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College, and the author of many books, most recently Hotel Bolivia: A Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism.