By Renée Levine Melammed
Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the existence and death of the Sephardi Jewish neighborhood that when 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 different and thriving Sephardi group in a few 500 Ladino poems referred to as coplas. The coplas additionally describe the traumas the group confronted lower than German career ahead of 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 group in Salonika and supply context for the poems. This distinctive and relocating resource offers an extraordinary entrée right into a as soon as brilliant global now lost.
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An Ode to Salonika: The Ladino Verses of Bouena Sarfatty (Indiana Series in Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies) by Renée Levine Melammed