Dienstag, 18. Oktober 2016, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

Greek Antisemitism 1945-1949.

Dr. Dimitrios Varvaritis

Research Fellow, Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien

Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien
Postgasse 7/1/3, 1010 Wien


In the months and years following the end of the Axis Occupation of Greece, those Greek Jews who survived the war faced, like their coreligionists in the rest of Europe, a host of pressing issues as they attempted to rebuild their lives. These issues included matters such as securing shelter and work, reclaiming property held by Christians, and dealing with the sorrow and disbelief associ-ated with the loss of family and the destruction of communities. In confronting these obstacles, many Jews also faced the indifference, if not the outright hostility and antisemitism, of the general population. This presentation focusses on this antisemitism and specifically examines the numer-ous antisemitic incidents as they were reported and discussed in the contemporaneous Greek-Jewish press.

Although antisemitism in Greece has in recent years begun to be studied in great detail, scholars have until now mostly focussed on two specific pogroms, namely the 1891 Corfu blood libel and the 1931 Campbell riots in Salonica. The research upon which this presentation is based aims at rectifying this imbalance by focussing on this relatively understudied period.

As this research is in its early stages, the presentation concentrates on those incidents of antisemi-tism that were published in the two principle Jewish newspapers of the period, namely the Evraiki Estia (Athens) and Israelitikon Vema (Salonica). The presentation not only outlines the pertinent details and context of these incidents but it also examines how these cases were perceived and discussed by the Greek-Jewish press. Furthermore, it attempts to assess how these cases relate to previous and analogous examples in Greece and, finally, to what extent factors such as locality and national politics played a role, if at all, in their manifestation.

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Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Neugriechische Studien und Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien


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Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien
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