An Ode To Salonika: The Ladino Verses Of Bouena Sarfatty by Renée Levine MelammedAn Ode To Salonika: The Ladino Verses Of Bouena Sarfatty by Renée Levine Melammed

An Ode To Salonika: The Ladino Verses Of Bouena Sarfatty

byRenée Levine Melammed

Hardcover | April 30, 2013

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Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the life and demise of the Sephardi Jewish community that once flourished in this Greek crossroads city. A resident of Salonika who survived the Holocaust as a partisan and later settled in Canada, Sarfatty preserved the traditions and memories of this diverse and thriving Sephardi community in some 500 Ladino poems known as coplas. The coplas also describe the traumas the community faced under German occupation before the Nazis deported its Jewish residents to Auschwitz. The coplas in Ladino and in Renée Levine Melammed's English translation are framed by chapters that trace the history of the Sephardi community in Salonika and provide context for the poems. This unique and moving source provides a rare entrée into a once vibrant world now lost.

Renée Levine Melammed is Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and author of Heretics or Daughters of Israel: The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile and A Question of Identity: Iberian Conversos in Historical Perspective. She is academic editor of Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, publish...
Title:An Ode To Salonika: The Ladino Verses Of Bouena SarfattyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253006813

ISBN - 13:9780253006813


Table of Contents

Introduction: 20th Century Salonika and Bouena's Ladino Coplas
1. Bouena's Ode to Salonika
2. Tradition versus Modernity and Historical Developments
3. Coplas Written by Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle about Life in Salonika
4. "The Miseries the Germans Inflicted on Salonika"
5. Coplas about the Miseries that the Germans Inflicted upon Salonika from 1941-1943
Index of Community Members' Names That Appear in the Coplas

Editorial Reviews

This fine volume provides indispensable insights into the lives of the Jews of Salonika in the years before and during the Holocaust, both in the words of Bouena Sarfatty herself and in the author's presentation.