The Lost Worlds of Rhodes

The Lost Worlds of Rhodes Four Peoples, Each With Its Own Culture, Language, And Faith, Shared A Small Mediterranean Town Named Rhodes, And Experienced, Each In Its Own Way, The Upheavals Of War, Modernity, Emigration, And Occupation With The German Takeover In , The Holocaust In , And The Beginning Of Greek Rule In , This Multiethnic World Perished Forever At The Center Of This Book Stands The Sephardi Community Spanish Speaking Jews Who Arrived In Rhodes Sometime After The Spanish Expulsion Edict Of And Who Remained The Largest Single Group Within The Old City Walls Until Italy Adopted German Racial Legislation In When Sultan Abdulhamit II Ascended To The Ottoman Throne In , The Jews Of Rhodes Were Among His Most Loyal And Traditional, Not To Say Hidebound, Subjects But, Within The Course Of A Few Decades, This Bastion Of Piety And Rabbinical Tradition Was Thoroughly Transformed By French Rationalism, Italian Secularism, And The Pressures Of Economic Globalization In This Book, Many Unlikely Characters Come Alive In The Vibrant And Irretrievably Lost World Of Rhodes The French Monks Who Impart Universal Values To Provincial Turks, Greeks, And Jews The Rhodian Schoolboy Lost In A Congolese Jungle The Italian General Who Brings Sanitation To The Medieval Town The Greek Shepherd Who Knows The History Of Rhodes Better Than Any Scholar The Turkish Diplomat Whose Wife Was Murdered By The Nazis And Then Risked His Life To Save Jews From The SS These Are Just Some Of The Stories Related Directly To The Author, Who Combines Journalism With Scholarship In The Recreation Of A Unique Cultural Microcosm

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  • Paperback
  • 286 pages
  • The Lost Worlds of Rhodes
  • Nathan Shachar
  • English
  • 14 November 2019
  • 9781845194550

15 thoughts on “The Lost Worlds of Rhodes

  1. says:

    An interesting and well written history of Rhodes and the ethnic and political relationships of the past 100 years The title is somewhat misleading as it is really about the Sephardi presence on Rhodes and the relationships with the other ethnic groups from the Italian Conquest at the beginning of the 20th century to the Holocaust He raises several interesting historical points but seems to have some serious biases He found the Greek submission to Ottoman rule for 4 centuries as pretty much only an inconvenience and frowns upon Greek nationalism as contrary to the interest of the Sephardi Christianity seems to have been a major mistake and somehow Greek beliefs could have civilized Europe a thousand years sooner had not Constantine adopted Christianity And I m not sure where he thinks this was going but if not for the Jesus sect Judaism he states, seemed to have been well on it way to making inroads among the Greeks The chapters are uneven, but it is an interesting period for a remarkable group of people that he seems to document well I want to read his book on Gaza to see what his take is there about Israeli nationalism and the inconvenience caused to Palestinians.

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