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    Athens

    There is evidence of Jewish presence in Athens since the antiquity. Travellers of various periods confirm the presence of Jewish families, whose number varied; in the 1840's there were about thirty families, in 1878 sixty and in 1887 three hundred families. Athens did not have a Jewish neighbourhood, as many...

    Volos

    The Jews of Volos lived scattered in various parts of the city. A somewhat denser concentration of Jewish families was to be found in the area around the Synagogue. According to a 19th century account “the Jewish quarter neither repulses nor is it in any way different than the...

    Zakynthos

    The Jewish Community of Zakynthos always lived in the shadow of the nearby larger Community of Corfu. Ever since the Venetian occupation, the Jews of the city lived in a separate neighbourhood called the zudeccha or the yetto in the local dialect. This was not in any way separated...

    Thessaloniki

    Thessaloniki, also known as ‘Mother of Israel’ (Madre de Israel) was the metropolis of the Mediterranean Jews. The population of the community, which in several periods of the city’s history constituted the majority of its cosmopolitan mix of Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Franks and Slavs, defined the city’s atmosphere and...

    Ioannina

    The Jewish population of Ioannina was mostly to be found in the old neighbourhood, within the fortress walls, the Megali Rouga (Big Street), next to the fortress –which was later renamed after Max Nordau and today is called Yossef Eliya street– in Koundouriotou street and the alleys leading to...

    Kastoria

    The Sephardic Community of Kastoria dated from about 1550. Before the war it had as many as 900 members, most of whom lived in the Çarsı neighbourhood. This was no accident, as it means marketplace and most of them were merchants or craftsmen. They usually had shops of fabrics,...

    Corfu

    The Jewish Community of Corfu was unique among those on Greek soil in being the only one whose members lived in a specific area, with clearly defined boundaries separating it from the rest of the city; the “ghetto”, as its own residents called it. Of course the existence of...

    Larissa

    The Jewish community of Larissa was the third largest in Greece. Most Jews lived in the neighbourhood of “Six Streets” next to where the Holocaust Memorial stands today. Although the neighbourhood was home to a large number of Jews, it was never a ghetto, and there were always a...

    Xanthi

    Although today there is but little left of the Jewish quarter of Xanthi, the city was home to quite an active community before the war. Most Jews of Xanthi were involved in the tobacco trade, the main financial activity in the city. There were also some Jewish tanners, merchants of...

    Rhodes

    Although not continuous, the Jewish presence in Rhodes dates from the 2nd century B.C. The arrival and subsequent settlement of Spanish-speaking Jews on the island, in the 15th and 16th centuries A.D., turned it into one of the most important Sephardic centres of the Eastern Mediterranean. Its strategic position...