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By Renée Levine Melammed

Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the existence 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 various and thriving Sephardi group in a few 500 Ladino poems often called coplas. The coplas additionally describe the traumas the neighborhood confronted lower than German career sooner than 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 heritage of the Sephardi neighborhood in Salonika and supply context for the poems. This detailed and relocating resource presents a unprecedented entrée right into a as soon as vivid global now lost.

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