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05:04 PM on 01/11/2012
Beautiful, and thank you!
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04:55 PM on 01/11/2012
It's a poignant fact that the most of the history of the Jewish people has been in the Diaspora. I once visited the Jewish cemetery at Lodz in Poland and was astonished at the size of it. I subsequently learnt that the Jewish population of Lodz alone was almost a quarter of million people before the Holocaust. I think there are about 300 now. That stark statistic is not only an appalling reminder of the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust but a sad reminder of an incredibly rich cultural tradition that has been lost.
03:34 PM on 01/11/2012
"Jews arrived in these places as early as the Roman Legions in the first century A.D."

Which places? I know that there was a large Jewish population throughout the Med by this point, but I'm not aware of any evidence for Jewish presence in the Northern part of the Empire at this date, unless you're meaning legionaries as opposed to communities. Could you provide a reference.
07:03 PM on 01/11/2012
The Routledge Atlas of Jewish History by Sir Martin Gilbert has maps showing Jewish populations in what is called Hispania, Gallia, Germania along the Rhine, Italia and Pannonia fvrom 100 to 300 AD. He says that by 300 AD Jews had settled in every part of the Roman Empire except Britain. That of the 3 million Jews in the world then, one million lived west of Macedonia. There are other mentions in specific city histories. I use the Encyclopedia Judiaca 1904 (? not sure of the year of publication but that's about right) and later versions also. On the Gilbert map there are concentrations of Jews in Corduba, Tolosa, Genoa, Roma, Colonia and many other places.
01:54 AM on 01/12/2012
Thanks.
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05:28 AM on 01/12/2012
Cool!
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03:03 PM on 01/11/2012
Beautiful indeed! You should write a book for adults. Amazing.
05:04 PM on 01/11/2012
The coffee table book of the project - for adults - should be out in 2013. It will have the archival photos I work with plus my paintings and expanded text. 250 pages all in color.
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07:41 PM on 01/11/2012
Andrea, What a fabulous project. What do the original drawings look like? You have done such a beautiful job of adding color. It seems like it should be a once in a life time project. What publishing company are you using? How many color plates in all?. I am so excited for you.
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07:19 PM on 01/17/2012
I will look forward to it! Mazel tov!
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12:54 PM on 01/11/2012
What a great project -- these are beautiful paintings. You're lucky that your tradition has been meticulously recorded and carried on unbroken for thousands of years. Many have completely lost where their people came from.