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The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945$
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Steven B. Bowman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804755849

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804755849.001.0001

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The Jews of Greece to World War I

The Jews of Greece to World War I

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The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945
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The Jews of Greece suffered from 1943 to 1945 and during the subsequent decade, and continue to adjust to that experience until today. Although the physical attack on Greek Jewry began in 1941 with the arrival of the Nazis, the vicissitudes of World War II were predated by an economic, social, and political assault. The experiences of Greek Jews during the Holocaust may be understood in the context of their varied encounters with the modern Greek state. On the eve of World War II, Greek Jews were divided into three areas, each with its own layer of polyglot culture and historical experience: the South, comprising the Peloponnese, Attica, and Boeotia of ancient times; the West, consisting of Epirus and Akarnania; and the North, which included Thrace and Macedonia stretching southward into Central Greece. This chapter examines the conditions of the Jews of Greece until World War I, and their military contributions to Greece during the First and Second Balkan Wars.

Keywords:   Jews, Greece, World War I, Balkan Wars, Peloponnese, Attica, Boeotia, Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus

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