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International Workshop: The Jews of Salonica in the modern period, 1492-1950

Thessaloniki, June 25-26, 2012
International Hellenic University

This workshop includes ten papers, a plenary speech by Aron Rodrigue  (Stanford University), a presentation of the database ‘Greek Jewish Shoah Testimonies’ and a roundtable discussion. For the complete schedule, download the program.

The workshop is organized in the context of a special issue of the Jewish History Journal on the Jews of Salonica. The issue, scheduled to appear in 2013, is co-edited by Anthony Molho (Brown University & European University Institute), Eyal Ginio (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Paris Papamichos Chronakis (University of Thessaly).

The plenary speech, database presentation and the roundtable discussion are open to the public. However, registration is required to attend the paper presentations. To register, please contact Paris Papamichos Chronakis (pchronakis[at]gmail.com).

The spoils of the crisis

[Note: The links in the post direct the reader to sources in Greek. Please use Google Translate to read the articles in English.]

How short is Memory? In Greece, it has taken supporters of the “Chryse Avge” party, or “Golden Dawn,” (mostly young, unemployed, hopeless 20-somethings) less than a century–roughly 70 years–to forget the fascist atrocities, and aspire to definitive solutions (note: I would use the word “final” to describe vociferous calls to expel all immigrants or send criminal immigrants to “special” camps, but I hesitated because of the connotations).

In a country that lost the 10% of its citizens to WWII; that saw the 90% of its Jewish communities perish in the Holocaust; and that Nazi massacres at Kalavryta and Distomo are still open wounds, seeing a party with a classical meander reminiscent of  the swastika as its emblem on the brink of entering the parliament is alarming. It does not help that mainstream party leaders are invoking God and the Fatherland (patris) in their election speeches. Continue reading

New book: Jewish Entrepreneurship in Salonica

Orly C. Meron, Jewish Entrepreneurship in Salonica, 1912-1940: An Ethnic Economy in Transition, Sussex Academic Press, 2012.

In this book, Dr. Orly C. Meron, provides a multidisciplinary exploration of Salonica’s Jewish-owned economy between the years 1912-1940, a period prior to and during Greece’s national consolidation. Based on original and newly analyzed archival materials, she presents the results of her comparative and inter-ethnic study of Jewish entrepreneurial patterns for three distinct historical periods and two levels of analysis. Continue reading

Commemorating the Jewish community of Arta

This upcoming weekend (March 17 & 18), the City of Arta in western Greece will remember its Jewish community that perished during the Holocaust. The majority of the community was deported on March 24, 1944, and only 58 out of its 500 members survived the camps. In 1959 the community ceased to exist. In 2004, a monument (pictured) was unveiled in the city for the victims. See the relevant press release (in Greek).