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Lecture by Dr. Paris Chronakis

"History Through the Kaleidoscope: The Jews and Greeks of 20th Century Salonica"
When Jun 11, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where 314 Royce Hall
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Celebrated as the “Mother of Israel” and the “Citadel of Hellenism”, Salonica has been deeply etched into the Jewish and Greek collective memory nurturing strong feelings of local attachment among its inhabitants. Yet, this was also a city of refugees -Sephardic Jews exiled from
15th century Spain, turn-of-the century Greeks migrating from the hinterland, and Asia Minor refugees resettling after the 1922 Greco-Turkish exchange of populations. As people came, others left, and ‘Salonicans’ were also to be found in early twentieth century USA, interwar France, wartime Auschwitz, and postwar Israel. Turning the historian’s lens into a kaleidoscope, this lecture will traverse the entangled trajectories of Salonica’s Jews and Greeks in the twentieth century, and showcase how, by forging and reforging their sense of belonging both at home and abroad, they eventually made Salonica a city of many places as well as a city in many places.

Reception to follow lecture

This event is co-Sponsored by the UCLA Department of History, the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, the American Hellenic Council of California, the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California, and the Hellenic University Club of Southern California.

Event Flyer |     Please rsvp to zoe@history.ucla.edu.