Lecture on Greeks and Jews in 20th Century Salonica to Be Held at UCLA

The UCLA Department of History in collaboration with the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, the American Hellenic Council of California and the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California present “Greeks and Jews in the 20th Century Salonika: History Through the Kaleidoscope,” a lecture by Dr. Paris Chronakis on the history of Thessaloniki on Monday, June 11, at the Royce Hall of UCLA Campus (#314) at 6:00pm.


About the lecture

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.

About Dr. Chronakis

Paris Papamichos Chronakis is currently a Rothschild Foundation post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Thessaly and a visiting research scholar at UCLA. He received his PhD in History from the University of Crete in 2011, his MA from the University of Essex, and his BA from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His dissertation explores the transformation of the Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Muslim and Donme bourgeoisie of Salonica as the city passed from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek nation-state in the early twentieth century. His research interests include the history of the Sephardim and Greek Orthodox in the 19th and 20th centuries and the history of the Mediterranean middle classes. He is a co-founder of the Group for the Study of the History of the Jews of Greece. Beginning September 2012, he will be Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of History and the Modern Greek Studies Program at Brown University.

There is a complimentary reception to follow the lecture. Please RSVP: [email protected]


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