From Ottoman Subjects to Greek, Bulgarian and Turkish Citizens: Experiences of Sephardic Jews in the 19th and the 20th Centuries
Grand Hotel Egnatia, Alexandroupoli, 1-2 March 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
17:30- 18:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
18:00-18:40 David Bunis, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Rise of the Ottoman Sephardic Identity in the 16-17th Centuries.
Panel 1: Sephardic Experiences in the Ottoman Empire
Chair: David Bunis, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
18:55-19:15 Rena Molho, Thessaloniki
Judeospanish as a Language of Instruction in the Schools of the Alliance Israélite Universelle: The Course of Letter Writing in Joseph Nehama’s Schoolbook “El Comercho”.
19:15-19:35 Gila Hadar, University of Haifa
The Traveler’s Gaze: Representations of Jewish Communities of the Borderlands Between Salonica (Komotini) and Alexandroupoli in the late 19th Century.
19:35-19:55 Eyal Ginio, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Jewish Community of Dimetoka (Didymóteicho) Between Empire and Nation State.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Panel 2: Jews as Citizens in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey
Chair: Henriette Rika Benveniste, University of Thessaly, Volos
09:30-09:50 Susy Gruss, Bar-Ilan University
A Hidden Figure in East Macedonia and Thrace: Juda Haim Perahia HaCohen (Thessaloniki 1886- Xanthi 1970).
09:50-10:10 Angel Chorapchiev, University of Haifa/ Yad Vashem
The Jewish Communal Schools in Bulgaria and their Role in Forming the Identity of the Country’s Jews in the Interwar Period.
10:10-10:30 Giorgos Margaritis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Social and Political Issues of Antisemitism in Greece in the Interwar Period.
10:30-10:50 Berna Pekesen, University Duisburg-Essen
Jewish Responses to Turkish Nationalism During the Interwar Period.
11:20-11:40 Coffee Break
Panel 3: World War II and the Holocaust
Chair: Rena Molho
11:40-12:00 Valery Kolev, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
The Bulgarian Administration in “Aegean Thrace” and the Jewish Question.
12:00-12:20 Vasilis Ritzaleos, Drama
The Persecution and Deportation of Jews in the Bulgarian Occupied Alexandroupoli, 1941-1943.
12:20- 12:40 Andrew Apostolou, Washington DC
From Protected Subjects to Racial Targets: The Jews of Northeastern Greece, 1940-1942.
12:40- 13:00 Corry Guttstadt, Hamburg
Rescue of Jews from Greece Through the Aegean Route.
13:30-14:10 Break (Light Lunch)
Panel 4 After the Holocaust
Chair: Gabriella Etmektsoglou, New York University in Berlin
14:10-14:30 Nadège Ragaru, Sciences Po, Paris
Jewish Deportations on Trial: The Case of Chamber 7 of the Bulgarian People’s Courts (1944-1945).
14:30-14:50 Rumyana Marinova Christidi, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
The Jews in Communist Bulgaria.
14:50-15:10 Henriette Rika Benveniste, University of Thessaly, Volos
Early Postwar Correspondence of Greek Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
15:10-15:30 Duygu Atlas, Tel Aviv University
Navigating Between Discriminations: Turkish Jews Through Israel's Lens, 1948-1955.
15:50-16:10 Closing Remarks Henriette Rika Benveniste, Gabriella Etmektsoglou, Vasilis Ritzaleos
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and Greek.
Conference Academic Committee
Rena Molho, President
Henriette Rika Benveniste
Rumyana Marinova Christidi
The Greek Institute of Thracian Studies
The Municipality of Alexandroupoli
Mrs. Ariela Brownstone – Shani
Dr. Deborah Brownstone
Mrs. Rina Brownstone – Solomon
Mr. Mike Brownstone