Over 200 postcards of the period 1897-1917, organized into eight thematic units, bring back to life the old Jewish community of Thessaloniki. A nostalgic album -and a unique photographic documentary.
In the pages of this book the Jewish Community of Salonika, amongst the most significant and populous communities of the diaspora, comes to life. Two hundrend or so postcards belonging to the period 1897-1917 convey to us a world irretrievably lost, but a world which contributed to the character and devolpment of this beautiful city.
For many centuries Greeks and Jews lived harmoniously in the ancient Hellenic capital of Macedonia, in Salonica, whose history goes back some 2,500 years.
There remain scant reminders of the life and activities of the Jewish Community of Salonika. After the great fire of 1917 and, still more, following the Holocaust of World War II not only people but also their records and monuments were lost.
These old postcards constitute in many respects a significant testimony to the urban planning and architecture of the city as well as to its social life and the events of political and military significance over that period.
The photographic testimonies are divided thematically into eight sections:
- The People and their Costumes
- Street Trades
- Industry and Commerce
- Homes and Neighbourhoods
- Community Buildings and Institutions
- Donme (Jews converted to Islam)
- Events and Prominent Figures
- The Cemetery
With the help of the explanatory texts these pictures bring to life the history of the Jewish Community of Salonika over the period 1897-1917, vividly portraying the distinctive character of the city and helping to maintain a sense of its history.
Weight 1300 g Dimensions 24 × 28 cm Binding Language
Pages 192 Images 217 Drawings