K. E. Fleming's Greece--a Jewish History is the first
comprehensive English-language history of Greek Jews, and the only
history that includes material on their diaspora in Israel and the
United States. The book tells the story of a people who for the
most part no longer exist and whose identity is a paradox in that
it wasn't fully formed until after most Greek Jews had emigrated or
been deported and killed by the Nazis.
For centuries, Jews lived in areas that are now part of Greece.
But Greek Jews as a nationalized group existed in substantial
number only for a few short decades--from the Balkan Wars (1912-13)
until the Holocaust, in which more than 80 percent were killed.
Greece--a Jewish History describes their diverse histories
and the processes that worked to make them emerge as a Greek
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.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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