In recent years, there has been a great interest among descendants of East European Jewish immigrants to travel to the old country “to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors,” as the advertisements say. You can go on either an organized heritage tour or a personally designed roots tour, through which you travel specifically to places where your ancestors lived. At the same time, the old Jewish culture is being revived in these countries, and often by people who are not Jewish themselves. In this chapter, the author goes on such a roots tour, first to Paris and then to Romania, to find traces of her Jewish ancestors. She asks whether you can get a sense of the life that was lived at that time or whether it is nostalgia for a lost time. In this autoethnography, she not only draws on her own experiences but also includes sources from other roots tourists and scholars studying this phenomenon.
|Title of host publication||New Perspectives on Jewish Cultural History : Boundaries, Experiences, and Sensemaking|
|Editors||Maja Gildin Zuckerman, Jakob Egholm Feldt|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Series||Studies for the International Society for Cultural History|
Lützen, K. C. (2019). To Walk in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors: Roots Tourism in Yiddishland. In M. G. Zuckerman, & J. E. Feldt (Eds.), New Perspectives on Jewish Cultural History: Boundaries, Experiences, and Sensemaking (pp. 188-211). Routledge. Studies for the International Society for Cultural History