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 emigres 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
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