People who grow up in western Europe (like me) often do not know much about Eastern Europe. Often, people (including me) are not even aware of this lack of knowledge and understanding. This is a pity as this lecture series shows. The listener learns about the history of Poland, the Balkans, Ukraine, Jewish life in the east (among other things) and understands so much more about history, about religion, and politics and how a European identity must include the Eastern perspective just as much as the Western perspective. The teacher is great to listen to and explains the issues very well. I can only encourage as many listeners as possible to fill their gaps of knowledge with a new understanding for the Eastern part of Europe.