Venice – Jewish Ghetto (app)

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Geto‘  in Venetian dialect refers to a foundry, usually for making mortars or cannons.  The Venetian word ‘getar‘, ‘to cast,’ or ‘to smelt,’  is the accepted origin of the word ‘ghetto‘.  It was in the district of  Cannaregio that the first Venetian foundry was located. In old documents,  the area was described as an ‘unhealthy‘ part of the city, presumably because smelting and its toxic refuse sent many a foundry worker to an early grave.  The foundry was moved to the Arsenale in 1390.

The word  ‘ghetto‘ became the descriptive word for Jewish communities throughout Europe.  Through the cruelty of the Nazis,  however, the ghetto concept took on terrible connotations as a place of filth, misery, and death.  The word became synonymous with the persecution of  the Jews.

Museum Planet presents a comprehensive narrated digital, narrated tour of the Jewish Ghetto (Ghetto Nuovo) in Venice, Italy.  Every synagogue is explored and explained;  Scuola Grande Tedesca, Scuola Canton, Scuola Italiana, Scuola Grande, Spagnola and Scuola Levantina.

These intact synagogues were the heart of  Venetian Jewry.  There is no other place like it.  The tour is more comprehensive than any book yet produced. You can walk around the Ghetto. Its rules are explained to you. You will see the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Lido.

You can stop and start the tour; jump around in it by choosing particular photos; stop it to read the often extensive text, and enlarge all the color photos with a ‘swoosh’ of your fingers.Museum Planet takes you there:  103 photographs,  45.5 minutes of audio and  9,990 words,  plus biographies.

App: Venice – Jewish Ghetto by Museum Planet, LLC

Compatible: iPad only
Category: Travel
Released:  July 24, 2011
PublisherMuseum Planet, LLC
Price: $2.99  (buy app)

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