Ruth in the Media



Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: The Dark Side of Jewish Heritage Travel

August 15, 2017

A podcast and article on Nash Holos radio, about my “dark tourism” work, based on lectures I gave in Lviv and Glasgow and posts on Jewish Heritage Europe from my road trips in western Ukraine in July 2017


Ruth Ellen Gruber Reflects on Five Years of Jewish Heritage Europe

Liam Hoare interviews me for eJewish Philanthropy, February 19, 2017

Since its launch five years ago, Jewish Heritage Europe has become an essential one-stop shop for news, information, and resources concerning, as the name indeed suggests, matters of Jewish culture and built heritage in Europe: museums; synagogues; cemeteries, and so on. Ruth Ellen Gruber, the author of Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe who has chronicled Jewish life in Europe for over twenty-five years for the JTA among other places, edits the site, which is supported by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. Here, I talk with Gruber about the site’s development and how European attitudes towards Jewish heritage have changed in the time she has been reporting on these issues.


10 great Places to Experience Jewish History

An interview with me in USA Today, April 16, 2016

When the Jewish holiday of Passover starts at sundown on April 22, celebrants will recount the Biblical story of Exodus, chronicling the Israelites’ escape from Egypt to the Holy Land. But important Jewish heritage sites are scattered around the globe, says Ruth Ellen Gruber, who runs the website www.jewish-heritage-europe.euMany are threatened, she says, but “all of them are special.” She shares some favorites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.


Read a profile of me and my Jewish heritage work by Hilary Danailova in the New York Jewish Week

Me in front of the abandoned synagogue in Hostice, CZ

October 13, 2015

[…] The thrill of discovery is something Gruber shares with a growing number of enthusiasts through the website she oversees, Jewish Heritage Europe. A project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, JHE is a comprehensive web portal for all things Jewish overseas: festivals, institutions, scholarship, synagogues and cemeteries.

Under Gruber’s direction, JHE has evolved into an essential travel resource. With an engaging redesign and the recent launch of “Have Your Say,” a feature that invites interactive commentary, JHE makes Jewish Europe more accessible — and more communal — than ever […].


IMG_3707 Italy’s “Little Jerusalem” Opens the Doors to Jewish History

Listen to an NPR story by Sylvia Poggioli in which I am interviewed about Jewish heritage in Europe and the European Day of Jewish Culture. Sept 14, 2014


Europe Tunes In to Its Own Country Music Scene, Wall St. Journal, August 11, 2014

I’m quoted in this article by Ginanne Brownell about European country music.

[…] Country music has been a niche genre in Europe since the 1950s, when American GIs stationed in Europe brought it with them. (It didn’t hurt that Elvis Presley was stationed in Germany from 1958-1960). During the Cold War, in countries such as Czechoslovakia, a bluegrass scene developed as a form of rebellion against communism. The subculture is still thriving today, thanks to bands such as Druhá Travá, who have released over 20 albums internationally and have been touring the U.S. nearly every year since 1993.

“Bluegrass festivals in the Czech Republic are among the best in the world,” says Ruth Ellen Gruber, an American journalist and writer based in Italy who runs the European blog “Sauerkraut Cowboys.” The Czech town of Kopidlno has been hosting an annual bluegrass festival since 1973. […]


Article by Ginanne Brownell about Druha Trava, including my role in the CD Shuttle to Bethlehem, March 8, 2013


Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

Interview with Lubos Malina and me on Czech Radio (in English) about Druha Trava’s new double live CD

The half hour interview can be streamed or downloaded as an mp3 — and it includes lots of tracks from the new double CD

A Jewish Cultural Revival — Minus the Jews

I am interviewed in an article in Ha’aretz, October 26, 2012

28 Years after Expelling U.S. Reporter, Poland Awards Her Order of Merit, Sept. 2011

USA Today story about Poland awarding me the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit

I’m Interviewed on Czech Radio (in English…) March 16, 2009

I speaks about both Jewish heritage and European country music

Touring the Old World: Ruth Ellen Gruber Explores Eastern Europe

Interview in The Forward, February 6, 2008

Article about me in Karl May Magazine (in German) August 31, 2006


Whose Culture Is It?

“Tommywood” column about me by Tom Teicholz, January 21, 2005




Whose heritage? Jewish heritage and social engagement

My Keynote talk at the conference on Jewish Cultural Heritage, held in June 2017 at the  POLIN Museum in Warsaw — it was three days after I had an eye operation so I wasn’t 100 percent, but here is the full talk.




Italian media report including my talks in Calabria for Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 27, 2012


I Speak about Jewish Heritage in Romania, Radauti, Romania, Sept. 2009


Two-part Interview with me on a Genealogy TV show, Tracing Your Family Roots (2008)

I speak about researching and writing my book National Geographic Jewish Heritage Europe: A Guide to Eastern Europe