JewishGen Yizkor Book Project Manager Lance Ackerfeld
In 1972 and in 1986, former residents of Saloniki published a massive 2-volume yizkor book in Hebrew and Ladino: Zikron Salonike; gedulata ve-hurbana shel Yerushalim de-Balkan; grandeza i destruyicion de Yerushalim del Balken, ed. David A. Rekanati, Tel Aviv. Vol I: 1972, 524 (Hebrew) and 72 (Ladino) pages; Vol II: 1986, 626 (Hebrew) and 60 (Ladino) pages. Approximately 110 pages (61 from volume 1 and 49 from volume 2) have been translated by volunteers and are online at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Thessalonika/Thessalonika.html. In order to translate the remainder of the book, JewishGen requires the services of a professional translator.
Thessaloniki is the second largest center in Greece and Greece's second largest port. Sephardic Jews were welcomed to this city by the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in 1492, and for centuries Thessaloniki was a prominent commercial center and industrial center in which Jews were represented at all levels of society.
The Germans entered Salonika on April 9, 1941 and instituted forced labor in the summer of 1942. In December 1942, the cemetery, containing nearly 500,000 graves dating back to the 15th Century, was expropriated for use as a quarry. Every few days, the Germans deported 2800-person convoys of Jews to Auschwitz and Birkenau, where they were exterminated. In just a few months during 1943, 95% of the Jewish population was deported. The Germans sent a small number of Salonika's Jews to Bergen Belsen, where some survived. Greek and Allied forces liberated Salonika in October 1944.
Approximately 1,172 pages remain to be translated and put online at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Thessalonika/Thessalonika.html. To accomplish that JewishGen will hire a professional translator. The project coordinator will select the order in which to translate the chapters and will work closely with the translator to ensure a grammatically correct and idiomatic translation. Specific tasks the project coordinator will perform include proofreading, editing, and preparing the work for submission to the Yizkor Book Project.
Estimated Cost: $43,750
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