Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2007 M12 18 - 544 pages
Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian brigands all rubbed shoulders. Tensions sometimes flared, but tolerance largely prevailed until the twentieth century when the Greek army marched in, Muslims were forced out, and the Nazis deported and killed the Jews. As the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower follows the city’s inhabitants through plague, invasion, famine, and the disastrous twentieth century, he resurrects a fascinating and vanished world.
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... drawn from among the tens of thousands of refugees from Asia Minor who had ... True, it could point, as Athens could not, to more than two thousand ...
Athens could not, to more than two thousand years of continuous urban life. But this history was decisively marked by sharp discontinuities and breaks.
... by the Genuans in those few weeks in 1943 when more than forty-five thousand Jews—one fifth of the city's entire populationwere consigned to Auschwitz.
... or Trabzon, Alexandria and Izmir, where thousands died during the expulsions of 1921. Cities, after all, are places of both eviction and sanctuary, ...
In the main square, hundreds of thousands of angry protestors were urged on by their Metropolitan, P1nm_yi0mr0.\' (I-Iis Most Holy) Panteleimon (known to ...
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The perfect book to read on first visit to 'thessaloniki. Unfolds the many layers of this extraordinary "border town", and how the complexity got shaved away over the course of the 20th century by ... Read full review
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I learned a lot from this book, and I admire Mazower's ability to form such a complete account of Salonica. Read full review
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