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Farewell to Salonica
Author: Leon Sciaky

ISBN: 9781907973352
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 17 August 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.6
In this warm and moving memoir, Leon Sciaky describes his childhood before the First World War in a prosperous, loving Jewish family in the cosmopolitan city of Salonica (now Thessaloniki in Greece). In the Ottoman Empire, the city's diverse communities - Jews, Muslim Turks, Orthodox Greeks and Bulgarians - met, traded and lived alongside each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance. Salonica was also a point of contact between East and West, and Sciaky describes the impact of Western machine civilisation on the older, more human ways of the Orient. However, this tolerant society was under the constant threat from nationalist feeling among the peoples of the Empire, and Scianky describes living through one of the earliest terrorist attacks of the 20th century, when in 1903 Macedonian nationalists launched a series of bomb attacks, demolishing the Ottoman Bank in a forerunner of 9/11. The revolt of the 'Young Turks' was planned in Salonica, and the book describes how the hopes of liberation it brought were tragically dashed as it lapsed into Turkish nationalism. This book is a fascinating insight into a lost society, in which an older tradition of mutual respe...

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