Posts tagged ‘Jewish’

July 29, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – die Sonderausgabe

by ada

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auch du gehörst dem Führer 3

das grosse buch fuer jungen 1

die fahnen wehen

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das deutsche volk

utz kaempft fuer hitler 1

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February 10, 2016

Endstation Sehnsucht

by ada

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February 9, 2016

Hohenems – Jüdisches Museum

by ada

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Deutsches Reich Reisepass Juedisches Museum Hohenems

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October 15, 2015

Mikulov – the Jewish cemetery (Židovský hřbitov)

by ada

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October 13, 2015

Mikulov – the Upper/Old Synagogue (Horní/Stará synagoga)

by ada

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October 8, 2015

Břeclav – Jewish cemetery (Židovský hřbitov)

by ada

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grave of Regina Sternfeld

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February 24, 2015

Kosher for… Essen und Tradition im Judentum

by ada

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February 23, 2015

Wien – Jüdisches Museum

by ada

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January 28, 2015

life being so little and death so good to give

by ada


Jagd auf uns

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ins Gesicht getreten

lag in seinem Blut 2

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November 26, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), the succulents

by ada

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November 26, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), part 2

by ada

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Balas Ferenc

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November 25, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), the mosaics

by ada

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November 25, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), part 1

by ada

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Adler family tree

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June 20, 2014

Budapest – Judafest 2014

by ada

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February 9, 2014

Budapest – Shoes on the Danube Promenade

by ada

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December 23, 2013

Třebíč – the Jewish cemetery (Židovský hřbitov)

by ada

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December 23, 2013

Třebíč – the Rear Synagogue (Zadní synagoga, Neuschul)

by ada

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December 22, 2013

Třebíč – Jewish Quarter (Třebíčská židovská čtvrť, Zámostí)

by ada

Třebíč Jewish Quartier view from Jihlava

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Třebíč Jewish Quartier Durchgangshaus

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Třebíč Jewish Quartier ruin window

November 10, 2013

Salzburg – Stolpersteine

by ada

Stolpersteine Salzburg Petersfriedhof

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Stopersteine Salzburg Children

Stoperstein Salzburg Alfred Schulhof

Stolpersteine Salzburg Judengasse

Stoperstein Salzburg Anna Maria Wahl

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Stolpersteine Salzburg Johann and Marie Haslauer Jehova's Wittnesses

Stolperstein Salzburg Agathe Herzenberger

July 7, 2013

conversations with my coworkers – part 6

by ada

(Sunday morning at my previous workplace. We are having breakfast and doing small talk.)

coworker: I never ever work on Sundays.

me (perplexed): Well, it’s Sunday and you are here, working.

coworker: It doesn’t count. It’s for money. But I never do laundry or vacuuming on Sundays. It’s not allowed. If you work on Sundays, God will punish you. I knew a man, he worked on a Sunday and his pigs got sick, all of them. Then he worked again and his son had a car accident and died. God punished him.

me: Whom did He punish? The son or the father?

coworker: Both of them.

me: It doesn’t make much sense to me. Which religion do you actually belong to?

coworker: I’m a Christian.

me: Oh. I thought Jesus has already dealt with these kind of problems, like working on a Shabbat or punishing sons for the sins of their fathers…

coworker: I don’t know what you are talking about.

me: The Bible. The differences of religious attitude in the Old and the New Testament.

coworker: I haven’t read the Bible. I don’t like reading.

me: Well, you know, there is this story about the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus out and asking him about his healing actions that happened on a Shabbat…

coworker: I don’t know what you are talking about. If you work on Sundays, God will punish you.

me: Like, kill your son?

coworker: That’s the laws.

me: Well, those laws you are referring to were originally meant as a survival guide to a small desert nation in a hostile environment, formulated more than 3300 years ago, on the level of ethical and moral development of a society of those times. There is this hypothesis of comparing the evolution of the human society to the ontogenesis of personality…

coworker: I don’t know what you are talking about. Which nation?

me: The Jews, of course. I’m talking about the practical role of the Ten Commandments in the survival of Judaism under disadvantageous conditions. And about the difference between Judaism and Christianity.

coworker: I don’t get why you are speaking about Jews. These are the laws of God. God made them, not the Jews. God has nothing to do with Jews.

me: You mean, except calling them His own, chosen people? Actually, the problematic of whether the one and only God made the Jewish people or the Jewish people made up the idea of the one and only God is certainly very interesting…

coworker: I don’t know what you are talking about.

me: You know what? This discussion doesn’t make any sense. People should not be allowed to discuss religion on an empty stomach. Let’s have our breakfasts and talk about the weather.

March 13, 2013

and death shall have no dominion

by ada

kz dachau

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January 24, 2013

how to make traditional duck gribenes

by ada

Don’t worry, there’s no danger of me becoming a food blogger. Actually, I’m painfully low-maintenance when it comes to food. Before going paleo you could find me eating pasta and tomato sauce on six days a week without getting bored with it. It’s not that I don’t like a good meal, because I rather do, but I just don’t have that big interest in food, neither in eating nor in producing. Let’s put it this way: if somebody else cooks delicious things for me, I happily eat them. If nobody cooks for me, I don’t miss it.

Since switching to the paleo diet I became a bit more interested in what I eat, or, well, at least in the health side of the story. I try to cook every day and eat a variety of foods I didn’t try before. That’s how I ended up with a whole duck (for half price) yesterday, and since our homemade goose gribenes is one of my favourite food since childhood, I decided to give a try to the duck version. And I did what every girl does when in trouble: called my mother for the recipe. They turned out really yummy, but really, I mean, really YUMMY. So I dedicate this post to document this very culinary success of mine (which are oh so very rare, haha.)

Since English is not my first language (not even the second, in fact), I wasn’t able to figure out what’s the proper English word for gribenes. “Cracklings”? “Greaves”? I really don’t feel the difference. One thing is sure: it’s not “pork rinds”, because, well , it’s not pork it’s made of.

Take a duck (goose, chicken are optional), pull its skin off and together with its fat, cut it into small pieces.

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Put it in a pot with one tablespoon water under it and cook it really slow for about three hours. Don’t cover the pot. If you live in an open space apartment where kitchen, living room and bedroom share the same twenty square metres (like I do), be anxious to close your wardrobe doors, put your coats outside and open the windows. Otherwise you will end up smelling like a giant piece of roasted duck (like I did), which may be appetising for your cat but rather embarrassing for the humans you meet later during the day.

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While it cooks, it looks like this:

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Later on:

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When the pieces are crispy enough not to make funny noises when pushing them to the side of the pot, you can pour the fat in glass containers and put it in the fridge to cool. So does it look when it’s still warm:

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And so it does when already solid:

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The gribenes look like this:

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I mean, like this!

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Eat them when they are still warm and crispy, with bread spread with the fresh duck fat, with fresh spring onions with salt. Or eat them as a snack.

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Well, after writing this post I feel like I’m one of those big paleo bloggers with ten thousands of subscribers who create amazing gluten-free recipes, make homemade coconut deodorants and share their experiences of going no ‘poo. Only that those big paleo bloggers would never eat that occasional slice of bread I still do sometimes, ehem.

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November 22, 2012

Prague – The old Jewish cemetery (Starý židovský hřbitov)

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November 14, 2012


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Starý židovský hřbitov, the old Jewish cemetery of Prague.

July 23, 2012

music of the week – Budapescht

by ada

Since I’m a big fan of Karsten Troyke and I’m currently visiting my family in Budapest, let’s have some home tunes. Neither history nor theory are included, because I’m in no musicology mood today (I have some urgent Hungarian Food Eating to do, haha).

July 20, 2012


by ada

The Allee der Gerechten  in Mirabellgarten is part of the memorial project Avenue of the Righteous of Yad Vashem, and pays tribute to people from Salzburg who, during WW2, tried to help and save the lives of Jews.

April 15, 2012

Budapest – March of the Living 2012

by ada

April 15, 2012


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16. April is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hungary – it was the day when Hungarian Jews were first forced into ghettos in 1944. The March of the Living, an annual memorial walk takes place the evening before.

April 7, 2012


by ada

This year Seder evening fell on Good Friday, so for today I decided to look for some music that fits for both Passover and Easter purposes while being baroque. This means a very small circle of pieces to choose from. Before the liturgical reform of Salomon Sulzer in the 19th century, the amount of Jewish sacral compositions is insignificant. The music of Salomone Rossi, the one and only 17th century composer of Jewish origin, who wrote music for the liturgy, is more renaissance than baroque. The next composer who has anything to do with synagogal music, is Avraham Cáceres from the late 18th century, but I couldn’t find any single liturgical piece of his on YouTube. And than there are some non-Jewish people, like Carlo Grossi or Louis Saladin,  who were hired by synagogues to write music for prayers (like Franz Schubert by Salomon Sulzer, a hundred years later) but this didn’t happen too often.

Salomone Rossi l’Ebreo lived in the early 17th century, and wrote some really nice instrumental trio sonatas and some vocal music in the style of prima prattica. His set of motets, Shirim l’asher Shlomo, the Songs of Solomon contains mainly psalms and a few prayers. Although I cherish his cheerful and cute trio sonatas, typical for their genre and for the style of the transition period between renaissance and baroque in Italy, his motets and church music are just too much of stile antiqua for me. I’m rather uncomfortable with sheer renaissance polyphony. So I decided to rule him out and chose the cantatas Boi Beshalom and Kol HaNeshama, written by Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti, an Austro-Italian baroque composer of non-Jewish origin, instead. He composed these pieces for the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam around 1770. Despite of the late date, the character of the pieces is almost entirely baroque. It seems, Lidarti was rather old-fashioned in his compositional manners, which is a big luck for me :o)

While it’s not exactly Passover music and singing Alleluia at 10am on Easter Saturday is also a bit early for the Catholic liturgy, it’s the best musical compromise I’m able to come up with. Happy Passover and happy Easter!

February 5, 2012

Budapest, Zsidónegyed – the four synagogues

by ada


There are four synagogues in the center of the old Jewish Quarter of Pest. The one in Dohány utca is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world.


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