A Brody Tour can be the perfect chance to explore a charming little town outside of the big city and encounter it’s history that now is closely connected with Joseph Roth. Brody’s main street Vulitsa Zolota (Golden Street) still bears witness of prestigious past of Brody as a commercial hub and border town on the frontier with the Russian Empire. Today there are exiled Ukrainians from Canada, Israelis, Austrians, Poles and many others coming to Brody – to feel the presence of the past.
Explore this former border town on our Brody Tour
Brody was filled with merchants, craftsmen and beggars that conversed in Ukrainian, Polish, German or Yiddish as they pleased. Because of it’s location, smugglers and spies used the city as a hub. Connections to Russia were frequent. Visitors hated the hotels in Brody. Honore de Balzac even wrote that prisons in Paris were more comfortable than hotels in Brody.
Joseph Roth – the writer who made Brody a myth
Born here in 1894, Joseph Roth describes this little town in many of his works and filled many stories with it. On our Brody Tour we will show you the hotel building that once inspired Roth to his story Hotel Savoy. In the local high school we will walk the halls and feel like a young student Joseph Roth in the beginning of the 19th century.
Experience Jewish Brody
Although Joseph Roth left long before the Germans invaded the Soviet Union, he did not live much longer. Neither did the character of the city that he described in his books. With the Holocaust almost all of Brody’s Jews were murdered. The synagogue today stands as a ruin. On the local Jewish Cemetery for a long time new grave was added. But it’s definitely worth to walk through those remains to get to feel how it once was.