Mittwoch, 28. April 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Ringvorlesung Turkologie Sommersemester 2021

„Happy Together”: The entangled history of Jewish communities in Ottoman lands and Turkey

Institut für Orientalistik
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 4.1 (Campus Universität Wien), 1090 Wien


Or Yehuda Agricultural Colony in Akhisar

Siren Bora (Izmir)


In this presentation, firstly, the reasons for the establishment of Jewish Colonization Association initiative and Alliance Israélite Universelle supported agricultural colonies in Anatolia will be mentioned. And next, the establishment stages and working principles of the Akhisar Or Yehuda Agricultural Colony will be discussed. The presence of thousands of poor and indigent Ashkenazi immigrants and the inadequacy of the socio-economic conditions of the immigrants and local Jewish people are included in the presentation. The time frame we will consider is the period of wars and regime change.

Finally, it will be examined whether the Or Yehuda Agricultural Colony was successful or not. And the impact of the agricultural colonies on the agricultural policies of the Ottoman Period and the Republic Period will be questioned.



Siren Bora graduated from the History Department of the Faculty of Arts at Ege University, born in Izmir, Turkey in 1962. From 1985 to 1988 she taught at Atatürk’s Principles and History of Turkish Revolution Institute, Ege University. She received her M.A. degree at Atatürk’s Principles and History of Turkish Revolution Institute, Dokuz Eylül University. She received a scholarship which allowed her to stay in Israel from 1990 to 1993 where she took Hebrew classes offered by Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1993 she received her Ph.D. on the History of Jews in Izmir at Atatürk’s Principles and History of Turkish Revolution Institute, Dokuz Eylül University. At present she is doing research and publishing articles and books on the history of Jews in Izmir and its surroundings.

Books Published:

The History of Jews in Izmir ( 1908-1923) (Istanbul: Gözlem, 1995). (In Turkish).

Karatas Hospital and Jewish traces its Surroundings ( Izmir: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality – APİKAM, 2015). (In Turkish).

Chief Rabbi Hayim Palaçi (1788-1868) and the Jews of Izmir ( Izmir: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality – APIKAM, 2016). (In Turkish).

The Bodrum Jewish Cemetery (Istanbul: Libra, 2017). (In English).

Jewish Traces in Tire From the Beginning to the Present (Ankara: Tire Municipality, 2018). (In Turkish).

Anatolian Jews - Traces of Jews in Aegean (Istanbul: Gözlem, 2017). (In Turkish). 1928 Panorama de Smyrne (Izmir: Yeşilyurt, 2019). (In Turkish).



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