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Germany for Jewish Travelers

March 20, 2014

 

New brochure from the German National Tourist Board

New brochure from the German National Tourist Board

If you are headed to Germany, you may want to download this new free e-brochure. 

Jewish travelers contemplating a visit to Germany often wrestle with many of the same emotions as African Americans visiting plantations in the South. The legacy of Nazi anti-Semitism, which began in Germany, has left an indelible mark on Jewish culture.

However, many people aren’t aware that Germany has the third largest Jewish population in Western Europe, a community that is still growing. Moreover, the country is making efforts to welcome Jewish travelers.

The German National Tourist Board recently announced a free, 57-page e-brochure for visitors, which sheds light on the history of Jews in Germany and offers suggestions about where to go and what to do, city by city, including visits to Jewish museums and memorials in 64 cities.

When we took a recent river cruise on the Danube, we visited cities like Nuremberg and Regensburg that were rich in historical significance. I wish that I had had this guide at the time. Its rich contents will be of interest to non-Jews as well.

You can download a free copy of Germany for the Jewish Traveler here.

  • Reply
    Suzanne Fluhr
    March 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. We are heading to Munich in September where my husband has a conference. Our only other trip to Germany, likewise, was for work travel. As you mentioned, as Jews, we still harbor some pent up bad/ambivalent feelings. In fact, the last time we were there, we were on a train at a small station about 50 kms. from Munich. I looked out the window and there on a siding was a rusting cattle car of the type used to transport Jews to concentration camps. I quite literally felt physically ill. Maybe 69 years isn’t quite long enough.

    • Irene S. Levine
      Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      March 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Yes, Suzanne. It can be upsetting to be reminded of this legacy. But on the bright side, there are many groups and individuals in Germany who are attempting to educate visitors about the past so it never happens again.

      We recently visited Nuremberg and were told by our tour guide that neo-Nazi groups are still active there. On the other hand, it was reassuring to visit the wonderful museum in that city, the Documentation Centre (http://museen.nuernberg.de/dokuzentrum/) that educates both tourists and residents of the city about the horrors of anti-semitism and the Nazi regime.

      Hope your trip is illuminating and welcoming.

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