Stone circles in the Scottish Highlands

You can’t help but sing along with the haunting lyrics of the Outlander Theme Song. But the truth behind those lyrics is just as haunting as the melody. Here is what you need to know about “the Outlander song” as you prepare to binge-watch Outlander. Those Words You Hear in the Outlander Song are …

Prague from the Charles Bridge

Visiting the Jewish Quarter of Prague can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be logistically overwhelming. Here’s the easiest way to visit Prague’s Jewish Quarter and a bit of background on this little neighborhood with lots of history. Prague’s Jewish Quarter: Layers of History Prague is home to one of the oldest recorded …

Theresienstadt

Picture this: The International Red Cross is coming to the ghetto. Yes, that kind of ghetto. The European ghettos that Jews were forced into during the horrific years of 1938-1945. There is overcrowding. There is stench. There is death. There is death everywhere, in fact. But the Red Cross is coming. The year is …

Never Forget

I hesitated before booking “Hitler’s Vienna: A 2.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour.” The name scared me a little. Would the tour in any way glorify the man? Would I be able to stomach 2.5 hours of learning about Adolf Hitler? In the end, I am glad I booked the tour. In no way did our …

Shoes on the Danube

Sometimes simplicity makes for the most powerful memorials, and that is true of the Shoes on the Danube Promenade where I returned multiple times when visiting Budapest. On the other hand, there is something to be said for largescale remembrance, and that’s true of the Dohány Street Synagogue, also known as the Great Synagogue …

Ravensbruck Nazi Death Camp

There was a Nazi concentration camp built just for women. Ravensbrück sits on the shore of a picturesque lake in northern Berlin, the beauty of the scenery belying the horror that once reigned there. Unlike other camps, Ravensbrück was not built specifically for Jewish prisoners. It was built to hold about 6,000 female prisoners …