A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990 is an online database of more than 61,000 Jewish tombstones in Turkey, including photographs, transcriptions, and descriptions. The result of decades of work, this incredible repository is an essential resource for anyone researching Ottoman Jewry. The story behind the website is also an inspiring tale of scholarly persistence and a lesson about the importance of preserving primary sources.
This program will include a video presentation by Dr. Minna Rozen, followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Rozen about the project and the website.
This program is made possible by support from the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.
This virtual program is free to attend. Please register online.
This program is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Heinz History Center. The program is free to attend.
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Prof. Minna Rozen (born 1947) is an emerita of the University of Haifa. A historian of the Jewish Mediterranean diaspora in the early modern and modern eras, she initiated and carried out documentation and digitization projects of Jewish archives cemeteries and synagogues in Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The digital archive of 61,000 Jewish tombstones from Turkey which evolved from an idea of the late Professor Bernard Lewis, and commemorates him, has been uploaded on the internet by the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University, a center she was the head of in 1992-1997. She is the author of ten books and scores of articles. Among her last publications are: A Journey Through Civilizations: Chapters in the History of Istanbul Jewry, 1453-1923 ,Turnhaut: Brepols Publishers, 2015; The Mediterranean in the Seventeenth Century: Captives, Pirates, and Ransomers at the Juncture Between Religion, Politics, Economics, and Society, Palermo: New Digital Frontiers S.R.L. and Casa Editrice Mediterranea, 2016. She is presently writing a monograph on Salonikan Jewry in the interwar period.