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June 21, 2017

Greek Jews are back in the news

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 11:02 am

A woman places flowers inside a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Residents of this northern Greek city on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. (AP Photo/Giannis Papaniko

You can read a recent news article about the Greek Jews at https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/06/21/memory-of-greek-jewish-metropolis-endures-at-new-holocaust-museum/

Previously, I wrote about the Greek Jews on this page of my blog:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/greek-jews/

The following quote is from the news article:

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 Last week’s visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, to Thessaloniki, Greece, marked the construction of a new Holocaust museum there — and a new chapter for the city’s once thriving Jewish community.

Thessaloniki was nearly wiped out during the Holocaust. It was formerly home to Greece’s largest Jewish community — and one of the most prominent centers for Sephardic Jewry for more than 450 years.

Thessaloniki, also once known as Salonica, was so synonymous with its flourishing Jewish community that 16th century Jewish Portuguese author Samuel Usques, deemed it “the metropolis of Israel, the city of Justice, the mother of Israel same as Jerusalem itself.”

Back then, the Jewish community’s influence in the city was so significant that all trade and businesses — Jewish and non-Jewish alike — were shut on the Sabbath, and during Jewish holidays. The city became a hub and refuge for Jews after the Jewish people’s expulsion from Spain.

At its peak during the Ottoman Empire, approximately 90,000 Jews lived in Thessaloniki, but by the beginning of the 20th century, only around 56,000 Jews remained.

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Read more at https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/06/21/memory-of-greek-jewish-metropolis-endures-at-new-holocaust-museum/

 

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