Greece--a Jewish History

Greece--a Jewish History

by K. E. Fleming
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691146128

ISBN-13: 9780691146126

Pub. Date: 04/04/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

K. E. Fleming's Greece—a Jewish History is the first comprehensive English-language history of Greek Jews. The book tells the story of a people whose very identity is a paradox—the notion of Greek Jewishness wasn't fully formed until after most of the people it describes had emigrated from Greece or been deported and killed by the Nazis. Greece—a

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K. E. Fleming's Greece—a Jewish History is the first comprehensive English-language history of Greek Jews. The book tells the story of a people whose very identity is a paradox—the notion of Greek Jewishness wasn't fully formed until after most of the people it describes had emigrated from Greece or been deported and killed by the Nazis. Greece—a Jewish History describes the history of this diverse group and the processes that worked to make them emerge as a collective. It also follows Jews as they left Greece, as deportees to Auschwitz or émigrés to Palestine/ Israel and New York's Lower East Side. In such foreign settings their Greekness was emphasized as it never was in Greece, where Orthodox Christianity traditionally defines national identity and anti-Semitism remains common.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691146126
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Part I Independence and Expansion 13

Chapter 2 After Independence: “Old Greece” 15

Chapter 3 “New Greece”: Greek Territorial Expansion 32

Part II The “Sephardic Republic”: Salonika to 1923 49

Chapter 4 Salonika to 1912 51

Chapter 5 Becoming Greek: Salonika, 1912–23 67

Part III Normalization to Destruction 89

Chapter 6 Interwar Greece: Jews under Venizélos and Metaxas 91

Chapter 7 Occupation and Deportation: 1941–44 110

Part IV “The Greeks”: Greek Jews beyond Greece 145

Chapter 8 Auschwitz-Birkenau 147

Chapter 9 Trying to Find Home: Jews in Postwar Greece 166

Chapter 10 Hellenized at Last: Greek Jews in Palestine/Israel 190

Chapter 11 Conclusion: Greek Jewish History—Greek or Jewish? 205

Notes 215

Index 265

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