Greece: A Jewish History

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Princeton University Press
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6.51 X 9.37 X 0.91 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author
K. E. Fleming is professor of history and Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization at New York University, where she also serves as associate director of the Remarque Institute.
"Greece--a Jewish History is a superb book, one in whose company I would include very few that I've read over the past five, maybe even ten, years. The story Fleming tells is an incredible--and moving--reading experience. The best comprehensive account in English of the 'Greek' Jewish experience, it is written in an easy and fluid style that allows for the drama of the story to come through gradually until, in the Auschwitz years, it becomes almost overwhelming. It is a masterful piece of research and historical craftsmanship. The story of Greek Jewry has found its historian. This wonderful book also announces Fleming as, among other things, a Jewish historian of the first order."--David Myers, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
"With this innovative, soundly researched work Professor K. E. Fleming has filled a long-standing need for the story of Greek Jewry to be told fully."--Jewish Book World
"What is a Greek Jew? Fleming pursues this question through various Jewish experiences (Romaniot and Sephardi) during the stages of the emerging modern Greek national identity. Her well-written, gripping story argues that 'Greek Jew' is actually a phantom term that emerged formally only in 1920 with governmental recognition of the Salonika community, and developed among young Jews during the 1930s, later concretizing in the Nazi concentration camps and the Jewish Diasporas to Palestine and the U.S."---S. Bowman, Choice
"This book is an excellent effort to explain the quandary of the Jews of Greece during the country's turbulent 200-year history."---Jay Levinson, Jewish Tribune
"This is not a 'religious book' meant to inspire. It is the very well told story of a once flourish Jewish community whose history must never be forgotten."---Jay Levinson, Jewish Magazine
"K. E. Fleming has produced an insightful historical overview of the Jewish presence in Greece from the establishment of the Greek state in the early nineteenth century to the post-Holocaust era. . . . [U]ntil the appearance of Fleming's work there was no overarching account of the Jewish experience in modern Greece, and this book fills that lacuna extremely well."---Alexander Kitroeff, American Historical Review
"This fascinating book examines the concepts of identity and nationality as experienced by Jews, while paying tribute to those who were lost in World War II and to the righteous gentiles who saved the remnants of the community. Professor Fleming has written an important work on a little-known subject. It belongs in all academic Judaic collections."---Barbara M. Bibel, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
"This volume, which displays solid scholarly standards, is also highly interesting as it follows the multiple destinies of these Jewish groups and demonstrates how complex Jewish history is--how diverse and how difficult to categorize. Fleming has succeeded in escaping preconceived attitudes and in treating the object of her investigation with detachment but also with the empathy required for all genuinely good research projects."---Esther Benbassa, Journal of Modern History
"[A]n absorbing story, well told and referenced, and a worthy winner of [the] Runciman Award."---Michael Llewellyn Smith, Hellenic Review
"Winner of the 2009 Runciman Award, Anglo-Hellenic League"
"Winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Culture, Jewish Book Council"
"Winner of the 2010 Prix Alberto Benveniste"
"Honorable Mention for the 2009 Edmund Keeley Book Prize, Modern Greek Studies Association"