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By Renée Levine Melammed

Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the lifestyles and dying of the Sephardi Jewish group that after flourished during this Greek crossroads urban. A resident of Salonika who survived the Holocaust as a partisan and later settled in Canada, Sarfatty preserved the traditions and stories of this assorted and thriving Sephardi neighborhood in a few 500 Ladino poems often called coplas. The coplas additionally describe the traumas the neighborhood confronted below German profession ahead of the Nazis deported its Jewish citizens to Auschwitz. The coplas in Ladino and in Renée Levine Melammed's English translation are framed by way of chapters that hint the background of the Sephardi group in Salonika and supply context for the poems. This special and relocating resource presents a unprecedented entrée right into a as soon as vivid global now lost.

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