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The 20th Century Greek Experience

The history of the independent Greek states from 1821 onward in stages and the various Jewish communities and their ultimate dessimation. Learn at your own pace. All 10 minute lessons are pre-recorded and available at your leisure.
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About This Course

This is a continuation of "The History of the Greek Experience" focusing on the independent Greek states. In this online course, we focus on the independent Greek states. Dr. Yitzchak Kerem discusses the secularization of the Salonikan community and the Ioanninan community in the context of the smaller communities. He focuses on the Romaniote community, particularly in Ioannina, with its merchants and silversmiths. He traces the communities through the establishment of the Greek states, through World War I, blood libels, the Salonika fire and World War II.

After World War II much of the Greek community has been killed or emigrated. Included in the course are the arts and culture that the Greek Jews contributed both within Greece and beyond, as well as guest lecturers describing their family histories. Special presentation by the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum describing the Greek Jewish community in New York as well as two Holocaust survivors living in Israel.



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Kerem was a past researcher on Greek Jewry in the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. He was a contributor to Pinkas Kehilot Yavan, 1999, editor of the Greek section, New Encyclopaedia Judaica, & past sub-editor of Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Balkans section). Kerem has nominated over 1,000 Righteous Gentiles for Yad Vashem. He coordinated summer workshop researchers project on Sephardic Jewry in the Holocaust, 1999, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was a documentary filmmaker on Greek and Sephardi Jewry and the Holocaust. Kerem was a contributor of articles in the Larousse Encyclopedia of the Holocaust and publications of the Ben-Zvi Institute.

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