Title: “Το dendro vlepei” (Les arbres pleurent aussi)
Author: Irène Cohen - Janca
Translation in Greek: Mariza Decastro
Illustration: Maurizio Quarello
Publisher for the Greek version: Publications Kokkino, Kalamata 2012 - www.ekdoseis-kokkino.gr
Title: The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism
Author: Nicholas de Lange
Publisher: Penguin Books - www.penguin.co.uk
The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism is a remarkable feat of Reference scholarship by renowned Cambridge professor and translator, Nicholas de Lange. With an approachable A-Z format the book covers everything from Jewish traditions and biographical entries on key historical figures to theology, religious law and practice, and the history of Jewish thought. Each entry is presented with clarity, precision and authority. With extensive cross-referencing and invaluable additional material such as a chronology of Judaism and the Jewish calendar, this is an essential companion for students of Jewish studies, Hebrew, Religion and Theology plus anyone with a general interest in this rich religion.
Title: The emergence of a difficult memory: Essays on the Jewish Genocide
Author: Odette Varon – Vassard
Publisher:HestiaPublishers (http://www.hestia.gr/catalogue.pdf, www.hestia.gr)
Facing the traumatic event of the genocide of the Jews, which was planned and executed by the Nazis and their collaborators in the middle of the 20th century and in the heart of civilized Europe, leaving a stain on European history forever, historians, sociologists, political scientists and psychoanalysts attempt to reach out and interpret in different ways what was consider for decades as "the untold". The memory of this historical event because of the fact that it emerged slowly, triggered intensive debate, a variety of approaches, and disputes.
The collection of essays in this volume (written during a period of twenty years) illustrate the progress of the author’s research and critical reflection, who approaches the issue of the genocide of the Jews from different aspects.The thread running through the texts is the excruciating question which arises once more, that is the slow emergence of this memory and the reasons for oblivion and silence.
Seven texts deal with the extermination of the Greek Jews, suggesting an interpretive sketch of both the displacement and the silence that followed the events. Particular emphasis is given to Thessaloniki, from where the largest Jewish Community of Greece was deported. The imprint of the event on testimonies, historiography and literature is studied separately. The dialectic of memory and oblivion, silence and writing, are examined both in the testimonies of the survivors and in the major texts of concentration camp literature, such as Primo Levi’s regarding Jewish memory and Jorge Semprun’s regarding the memory of political prisoners.
The heavy silence of the first decades after the war was succeeded by an “explosion” of survivors’ testimonies, then came the scientific approach and in the last decades the institutionalization of this memory. The most recent texts refer to memorial places, museums, monuments and memorial days.