Books of Jewish Interest

Title: Jews in the Byzantine Emprie

Author:  Nicholas de Lange
Editor: Anastasia Loudaroy
ISBN: 978-618-85829-1-0
Publisher: The Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens 2022

Byzantine Judaism is one of the most unjustly neglected chapters in the history of Judaism. Most histories of the Jews barely mention Byzantium, and treat it as marginal. In fact Byzantium occupies the centre of the medieval Jewish world, and is in important ways the hub that links together the better-known regions (Iraq, Egypt, Italy, Germany and others). Judaism, which had very old roots in the Roman empire, was challenged and enriched by the encounter with Christianity. Most histories of Byzantium likewise ignore the Jewish dimension and focus exclusively on the Orthodox Church, ignoring the fact that Christianity grew out of Judaism and continued to be nourished by it.

Title: Corpus Inscriptionum Judaicarum Graeciae Corpus of Jewish and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mainland and Island Greece (late 4th c. BCE–15th century)

Editor: Zanet Battinou
Dimensions: 21 x 28.5 cm
Pages: 315pp.
ISBN: 978-960-88853-9-4
Publisher: The Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens 2018

The compilation of Jewish and Hebrew inscriptions is part of the research programs of the Jewish Museum of Greece, which focus on the recording, study and publication of tangible and intangible evidence of the archaeological and historical past of the Greek Jews.
The publication gathers all the epigraphic material of Jewish interest or content located in the Greek geographical area. The geographical distribution and division of the corpus of Jewish and Hebrew inscriptions generally follows the current location of the inscriptions, with the aim of facilitating researchers and scholars. Each inscription is accompanied, in addition to a photographic image, by an entry, divided into individual recording fields.
Aimed at the general public as well as the specialist audience of archaeologists, historians, educators, academics and researchers, the publication serves the historical record and documentation of the long-standing presence, as well as the distribution of Jewish settlements in the Greek lands.

Title: A Narrative of Evil

Author: Lisa Pinhas
ISBN: 978-960-88853-8-7
Publisher: The Jewish Museum of Greece, 2014

She was 27, married, and running a fur shop in the Greek city of Thessaloniki when she was deported to Auschwitz in April 1943. Lisa Pinhas (1916-1980) lost over 100 relatives in the Shoah. Her pledge to save her younger sister, Marie, and to be a witness if she managed to escape from hell gave Lisa the power to survive. Auschwitz, Birkenau,  death  marches, Ravensbrück, Rechlin, Malchow,  liberation in 1945, and then only to return  to a city that had shed no tears for her and  her co-religionists who had perished in the  camps. In the postwar period, Lisa carried her trauma, anger, guilt and despair with dignity and wisdom as she took up leadership roles in the areas of Holocaust compensation, remembrance, and education.  To learn is to remember was one of Lisa’s credos. For 30 years, she wrote and re-wrote her memoir, an unadorned testimony of hell and the ways in which humanity was almost extinguished in the universe of the camps. Lisa’s terrifying story – the slow extermination of detainees through hard labour, medical experiments, acts of sadism, sexual abuse, illness and starvation famine, while corpses of gassed victims were burned in the crematoria – is told conscientiously and courageously. This account has a rare quality of moral honesty. Lisa tells the story of herself and millions of others, who fought to preserve their humanity while making painful compromises to keep themselves alive for one more day. Her appointment to the Kanada Kommando, a warehouse where the belongings of gassed Jews were sorted for shipment to Germany, was a mixed blessing. At the risk of death, Lisa stole and traded precious items for food and medication.  In the 1980s, Lisa’s niece, Nana-Mazaltov Moissi, deposited the unpublished manuscript in the museum’s archive and her testimony is being published in three languages.  In an era of increased antisemitism and racism, Lisa Pinhas’ gripping account of the camps, as well as her postwar story, are indispensable and timely contributions to our understanding of the victimisation, survival and postwar normality experienced by Jewish men and women. As the few remaining eyewitnesses pass away and the deeply troubling hatred against the Jews persists, a call Lisa made in 1970 – “REMEMBER… DO NOT ALLOW OBLIVION” – acquires a new meaning and urgency.

Title: The Jewish Museum of Greece Guide 

Dimensions: 20×26,5 cm
Pages: 288
Images: 354
Available in English and Greek
Available in paperback and hardcover
ISBN Greek Edition: 978-960-88853-5-6
ISBN English Edition: 978-960-88853-6-3
Publisher: The Jewish Museum of Greece, 2013

Through the presentation of more than 200 exhibits, augmented by images, scientific monographs and notes, the Guidebook of Jewish Museum of Greece introduces the richness and variety of its collections, offering a timeless, representative image of the history and art of the Greek Jews. Based on the exhibits themselves, documented and analyzed by the Museum’s experts and internationally recognized specialists, 2.300 years of Jewish presence in Greece are traced back, revealing for the first time to such an extent, a world which despite the chasm left behind by the Holocaust, persists in preserving its colourful tiles, within the Greek cultural mosaic.

Title: Nazi Germany and the Jews – Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939

Author: Saul Friedlander
ISBN: 978-960-435-348-4
Translation in Greek: Ilia Iatrou
Publisher for the Greek version: Polis Publishers

Author:Marios Sousis ¹
ISBN 978-618-80464-0-5
Publisher:Turangalila books, 2013.

Title: “Το dendro vlepei” (Les arbres pleurent aussi)

Author: Irène Cohen – Janca
Translation in Greek: Mariza Decastro
Illustration: Maurizio Quarello
ISBN: 978-618-5005-07-8
Publisher for the Greek version: Publications Kokkino, Kalamata 2012 –

Title: The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism

Συγγραφέας: Nicholas de Lange
ISBN: 9780141917108
Εκδότης: Penguin Books –

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 
ISBN 978-960-05-1548-0
Publisher:HestiaPublishers (

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.

Author: Maria Tsiskaki – Galiatsatou ¹
ISBN: 960-369-055-1
Publisher: Filistor, 2001