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The agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945 /
Steven B. Bowman.
imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009.
description
xiv, 325 p. : maps.
ISBN
0804755841 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804755849 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009.
isbn
0804755841 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804755849 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The Jews of Greece to World War I -- Germans and Jews in Greece -- In victory and defeat -- Vernichtungsorganisierung -- Chronicle of the deportations -- Abnormal deaths in a foreign land -- How a remnant survived -- Freedom or death -- Relief and rescue -- Bitter homecoming.
catalogue key
6981791
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-06-01:
The Jewish community in Greece is the oldest in Europe. For centuries, Greece was a refuge for Diaspora Jews escaping harsh conditions elsewhere, notably the Sephardim exiled from Spain and the Greek-speaking Romaniotes from Byzantium. The main Jewish center was the grand city of Thessaloniki in Macedonia. Of the approximately 80,000 Jews in Greece, about two-thirds lived in Thessaloniki, where they constituted about one-quarter of the city's population. Over the centuries, they developed a vibrant culture and flourishing economic life. In 1943-44, the German army dispatched these Jews to death camps in northern Europe; by the end of the war, nearly 90 percent of all Greek Jews had been killed, the second highest death rate in Europe (after the Jews of Poland). Bowman's excellent readable book utilizes the latest documentary research, including records from foreign archives only now being made public. The newly released documents confirm the horrors of a story hitherto only partially known, shedding light on a tragic episode in a remote part of the German occupation of Europe. The rich fabric of Jewish culture in Greece has never fully recovered. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. E. N. Borza emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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"Bowman's excellent readable book utilizes the latest documentary research, including records from foreign archives only now being made public. The newly released documents confirm the horrors of a story only partially known, shedding light on a tragic e
"Bowman's excellent readable book utilizes the latest documentary research, including records from foreign archives only now being made public. The newly released documents confirm the horrors of a story only partially known, shedding light on a tragic episode in a remote part of the German occupation of Europe. The rich fabric of Jewish culture in Greece has never fully recovered.... Highly recommended."--E. N. Borza, Choice
"Bowman's excellent readable book utilizes the latest documentary research, including records from foreign archives only now being made public. The newly released documents confirm the horrors of a story only partially known, shedding light on a tragic episode in a remote part of the German occupation of Europe. The rich fabric of Jewish culture in Greece has never fully recovered.... Highly recommended."--E. N. Borza,Choice
"Despite the nearly total obliteration of Greek Jewry in World War II, the Holocaust in Greece has been virtually ignored in historical literature in the English language. Bowmans volume, based on decades of research and deep familiarity with the region,
"Despite the nearly total obliteration of Greek Jewry in World War II, the Holocaust in Greece has been virtually ignored in historical literature in the English language. Bowmans volume, based on decades of research and deep familiarity with the region, its complexities, and its personalities, is an important corrective to this great gap." Jane Gerber, CUNY Graduate Center
"Despite the nearly total obliteration of Greek Jewry in World War II, the Holocaust in Greece has been virtually ignored in historical literature in the English language. Bowmans volume, based on decades of research and deep familiarity with the region, its complexities, and its personalities, is an important corrective to this great gap."--Jane Gerber, CUNY Graduate Center
"Few books have been written in English on the Shoah of Greek Jews. Steven Bowman's book is original because it looks at the experience of Greek Jews during World War II, not in isolation as in many other accounts, but in the context of the war in Greece . . . The Agony of Greek Jews is a book rich in information."--Rosine Nussenblatt, Sephardic Horizons
" The Agony of Greek Jews documents with meticulous attention to detail and a laudable ambition for breadth of coverage the stories of Jewish communities scattered across the territory of modern Greece at a time of rapid, often destabilizing, and eventually catastrophic change . . . The Agony of Greek Jews is as much an impressive historical register of Jewish survival in Greece against the odds as it is a uniquely detailed archive of memory for all those who perished in the Nazi camps or lost their lives while fighting against the brutal occupying forces."--Aristotle Kallis, H-Judaic
" The Agony of Greek Jews is a welcome addition to the scholarship on Greek Jewry. Bowman's contribution to the understanding of each individual community's fate during the Holocaust and Greek Civil War is invaluable."--Katerina Lagos, California State University, Sacramento, East European Jewish Affairs
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Summaries
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This work tells the story of modern Greek Jewry as it came under the control of the Kingdom of Greece during the 19th and 20th centuries. It deals with the vicissitudes of those Jews who held Greek citizenship during the interwar and wartime periods.
Main Description
The Agony of Greek Jewstells the story of modern Greek Jewry as it came under the control of the Kingdom of Greece during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In particular, it deals with the vicissitudes of those Jews who held Greek citizenship during the interwar and wartime periods. Individual chapters address the participation of Greek and Palestinian Jews in the 1941 fighting with Italy and Germany, the roles of Jews in the Greek Resistance, aid, and rescue attempts, and the problems faced by Jews who returned from the camps and the mountains in the aftermath of the German retreat. Bowman focuses on the fate of one minority group of Greek citizens during the war and explores various aspects of its relations with the conquerors, the conquered, and concerned bystanders. His book contains new archival material and interviews with survivors. It supersedes much of the general literature on the subject of Greek Jewry.
Main Description
The Agony of Greek Jews tells the story of modern Greek Jewry as it came under the control of the Kingdom of Greece during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In particular, it deals with the vicissitudes of those Jews who held Greek citizenship during the interwar and wartime periods. Individual chapters address the participation of Greek and Palestinian Jews in the 1941 fighting with Italy and Germany, the roles of Jews in the Greek Resistance, aid, and rescue attempts, and the problems faced by Jews who returned from the camps and the mountains in the aftermath of the German retreat. Bowman focuses on the fate of one minority group of Greek citizens during the war and explores various aspects of its relations with the conquerors, the conquered, and concerned bystanders. His book contains new archival material and interviews with survivors. It supersedes much of the general literature on the subject of Greek Jewry.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
A Note on Namesp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Jews of Greece to World War Ip. 10
Germans and Jews in Greecep. 24
In Victory and Defeatp. 39
Vernichtungsorganisierungp. 58
Chronicle of the Deportationsp. 80
Abnormal Deaths in a Foreign Landp. 94
How a Remnant Survivedp. 113
Freedom or Deathp. 138
Relief and Rescuep. 173
Bitter Homecomingp. 210
Afterwordp. 230
Appendix: Numbersp. 239
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 307
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