Odessa - Jewish Odessa Tour Part 3: Moldavanka Neighborhood and the Holocaust

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Jewish Odessa Tour Part 3: Moldavanka Neighborhood and the Holocaust

Wed, 22 Sep
(92 reviews)
Odessa's city center, Odessa, Ukraine
60 mins

About the tour

The Jewish Odessa live-stream tour part 3 will take you on a stroll around Odessa’s famous neighborhood Moldavanka. Dominated by the poor Jews in the late 19th early 20th century, Moldavanka was made famous by an Odessa born writer Isaac Babel in his Odessa’s Stories and witnessed the most tragic events in Odessa’s 20th century history. “Live like God in Odessa” – this phrase became common among the Jews in the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Attracted by the image of the “City of Dreams” the Jews from all over the Empire started moving to Odessa. Moldavanka became dominated by the Jewish porters, petty craftsmen and shop owners. The neighborhood housed eleven praying houses, the Jewish hospital and a Talmud Torah. In the 20th century the neighborhood served a witness to the most tragic city’s events – the 1905 pogrom and the Shoah. During this live-stream tour we will walk along Moldavanka’s central old avenues and drop into the quiet side streets. We’ll visit the Jewish hospital, follow in the footsteps of the characters described in Babel’s Odessa’s Stories, talk about the 1905 pogrom and Odessa’s occupation during World War Two. You'll stroll along the neighborhood with its own look and feel, very different from architectural grandeur of Odessa's historic quarter. How did Moldavanka get an image of the criminal neighborhood and did the Jews contribute to this image? What’s the Jewish hospital now? Why were the Moldavanka’s streets called “the roads of death” after the city’s liberation during WW2? Exciting and tragic stories are intertwined in this neighborhood and we’ll uncover them all during this tour. Sights included into the tour: • Jewish hospital • Places described by Isaac Babel in Odessa’s stories and connected to the city’s Jewish history • The building of the only operating synagogue in Moldavanka during 1930s (exterior) • Holocaust memorial

Meet OlgaOdessaWalks


Olga's journey to guiding and establishing Odessa Walks started in 1998 when she left her home country and went to California to attend a business school. What made her move across the ocean back then? First off, interest to see the world and desire to explore her career options. And while studies were certainly important, traveling was her real passion. After obtaining an MBA degree she has worked in California, London and Moscow. Finally, in 2011 she made a decision to return to Odessa, her anchor city. Why? To build something of her own, based on what she loves most: meeting people, this amazing city and its rich heritage. As a result, Odessa Walks Ltd. came to live in 2011. Since then she's been managing the business and providing in-person tours. Since the fall of 2020 she's been creating online Odessa experiences.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Odessa with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Odessa. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Gillian B.

03 September 2021

Olga is a wonderful guide & I love the way she guides and tells you so much she really brings her tours alive - I often repeat them but always learn something- thanks Olga you are brilliant

Joy G.

02 September 2021

Olga is outstanding!

Amy M.

02 September 2021

Olga is extremely knowledgeable about her subject and I’ve learned a lot from her!

Ann D.

01 September 2021

Olga is very knowledgable and shares fascinating facts. She takes us off the beaten track and her tour certainly made me feel like I was there with her.

Mary Ann R.

31 August 2021

As always, knowledgeable, easy to follow considering the about of info you share

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