Maurice Amado Seminar in Sephardic Studies

image-naarHow did the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern Greece impact the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world? Drawing on newly discovered archival materials in Ladino, Greek, Hebrew, and French to demonstrate how the Jews of Salonica (Thessaloniki), sought to transform themselves from Ottoman Jews into Hellenic Jews during the early 20th century. Through the case of Salonica, Naar recovers the experiences of a once dynamic and now lost Jewish community at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East.

DEVIN NAAR
(University of Washington)

Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of History
UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Department of Classics