We are delighted to announce that the Professor Daniel J. Walkowitz will be presenting the Keynote address at the opening of Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence. Professor Walkowitz’s upcoming book Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World: Jewish Heritage in Europe and the United States (Rutgers, 2018), takes readers on a tour of major sites of Jewish heritage across nine major cities and two villages in Central and Eastern Europe, and explores the stories and expectations that tourists bring on their heritage travels.
Daniel J. Walkowitz is Emeritus Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Professor of History at New York University who, in nearly a dozen books, many articles and four films for public television, has worked to bring America’s past to both academic and broad public audiences.
Among his books are Worker City, Company Town: Iron and Cotton Worker Protest in Troy and Cohoes, New York, 1855-1884 (Illinois, 1978), with Lewis Siegelbaum, Workers of the Donbass Speak: Survival and Identity in the New Ukraine, 1989-1994 (SUNY, Albany, 1994); Working With Class: Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity (North Carolina, 1999), and, co-edited with Lisa Maya Knauer, Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Spaces (Duke, 2004) and Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation (Duke, 2009).
In 2010 he published Rethinking U.S. Labor History, a co-edited (with Donna Haverty-Stacke), a collection of new work on work and labor published to mark the 25th anniversary of his 1984 collection (edited with Michael Frisch), Working-Class America. In 2010, he also published, City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America (NYU Press). His most recent work includes a edited collection, The Culture of Work in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018), and a monograph, The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World: Jewish Heritage in Europe and the United States (Rutgers, 2018).
Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World: Jewish Heritage in Europe and the United States
Heritage tourism is booming, and Jewish heritage tourism is a major part of it. If you are preparing such a trip or fascinated with the politics of development tourism — what gets memorialized and what does not — Jewish Heritage as Remembered and Forgotten may confirm, surprise or even anger you – but it will always fascinate. Who is a Jew? Whose stories get told? And who decides? Raising these perennial questions of Jewish identity, the author combines his professional and personal backgrounds as a social historian and child of Jewish radicals, in a search for the history of Jewish socialism in heritage tourism, a history that Jewish scholars have lamented as lost to abiding foci on the Holocaust.
Jewish Heritage, draws on the author’s personal history to interweave in a compelling narrative the stories and expectations visitors bring on their heritage travels. It takes readers on a tour of major sites of Jewish heritage across nine major cities and two villages in Central and Eastern Europe with long histories of Jewish settlement. Jewish heritage cities with robust tourist programs, such as Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Lviv and Budapest, as well as cities of Kiev, Belgrade, Lodz and Bucharest with less developed heritage programs. Additional chapters bring readers to London and New York, too, both cities with vital histories of the Jewish diaspora and advanced programs in public history of that past. Comprehensive summaries of Jewish history in each city are juxtaposed against the history one hears and sees at the often new, major Jewish museums, on commercial walking tours and at memorial sites. What are the engines that fuel the dominant narrative of Holocaust tourism, what has been the impact of post-1989 development tourism in post-communist Eastern Europe, and finally, to what extent has the recent emergence of a New Jewish History changed the story?