Greece--a Jewish History


Nov 25, 2007
6 x 9.25 in.
19 halftones. 1 map.
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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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 2010 Prix Alberto Benveniste
  • Winner of the 2009 Runciman Award, Anglo-Hellenic League
  • Winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Culture, Jewish Book Council
  • Honorable Mention for the 2009 Edmund Keeley Book Prize, Modern Greek Studies Association