As I'm in Budapest this week, I was able to attend the official launch for architectural historian Rudolf Klein's new book on the Dohany St. Synagogue, The Great Synagogue of Budapest (Budapest: TERC, ISBN 978 963 9535 82 4). The event took place at one of the city's most prominent book stores and drew a good crowd.
As Sam Gruber reported last month in his blog, the book is, we believe, the first detailed monographic treatment of what is Europe's biggest synagogue, the flagship of Hungarian Jewry, which was designed by Ludwig von Forster and built in the 1850s. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of its inauguration, and celebrations are planned.
Rudi's book appears in both English and Hungarian, and it's unfortunate that it is not available (yet) outside Hungary -- there do not seem to be plans to sell it on amazon.com, either.
As the author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, I have roamed thousands of miles around Europe's historic Jewish heartland, bringing Jewish heritage to light for on-site explorers and armchair travelers alike. On this blog I will post photographs, links and personal experiences related to Jewish heritage sites and travel, particularly in the countries of east-central Europe.
Aside from clearly marked quotations, links and pictures, all material on this blog is copyright ⓒ Ruth Ellen Gruber
I'm an American writer, photographer, and public speaker long based in Europe. I've chronicled Jewish cultural developments and other contemporary European Jewish issues for more than 20 years. My latest books are "National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe," published in 2007, and "Letters from Europe (and Elsewhere)," published in 2008.
I also am working on "Sturm, Twang and Sauerkraut Cowboys: Imaginary Wild Wests in Contemporary Europe," an exploration of the American West in the European imagination for which I won a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEH summer stipend grant.