April 28, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367193843 - CAT# K417692
Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series
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The book narrates the last days of the once prominent Jewish community of Thessaloniki which, in 1943, was transported to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz.
Focusing on the Holocaust of the Jews of Thessaloniki, this book maps the reactions of the authorities, the Church and the civil society as events unfolded. In so doing, it seeks to answer the questions, did the Christian society of their hometown stand up to their defence and did they try to undermine or object to the Nazi orders? Utilizing new sources and interpretation schemes, this book will be a great contribution to the local efforts underway, seeking to reconcile Thessaloniki with its Jewish past and honour the victims of the Holocaust.
The first study to examine why 95 per cent of the Jews of Thessaloniki perished, one of the highest percentages in Europe, this book will appeal to students and scholars of the Holocaust, European History and Jewish Studies.
1. Historical and Theoretical Background
2. Dehumanizing the Dead: The Destruction of Thessaloniki’s Jewish Cemetery
3. What People Knew: Contemporary Sources on the Holocaust
4. Reactions from the City Authorities
5. Reactions from the Institutions: the Church, the Courts, the University
6. Reactions from the Professional Associations
7. Jewish Efforts in Athens and Thessaloniki to Save the Jews of Thessaloniki during the Holocaust
8. The Actions of the Red Cross Delegate in Thessaloniki during the Holocaust and their Post-war Legacy