PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK “THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF HALKIDA FROM 586 BC TO AD 2001: THE CEMETERY”.
On 20 May 2019, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) and the Jewish Museum of Greece (JMG) organised a presentation of Mair Maissis’ book The History of the Jewish Community of Halkida from 586 BC to AD 2001: The Cemetery, which records the history and customs of the Jews of Halkida based on research on the tombstones of the city’s Jewish cemetery.
In addressing the event, David Saltiel, KIS President, congratulated the author on his valuable work in contributing to the salvaging of historical evidence of the Jewish presence in Halkida. The work underlined the importance of cemeteries as another source of historical information.
“If you dream that you can do something, you can do it,” Makis Matsas, JMG Chairman, told the gathering, referring to the author’s systematic work in writing the book on the cemetery of the Jewish Community of Halkida, one of the oldest such communities in Greece.
The book was presented by archaeologist Zanet Battinou, JMG Director, who referred to the characteristics of the tombs of Halkida’s Jewish cemetery, underlining its importance as a site of burial memorials. The historian-writer Thrasyvoulos Papastratis, who acknowledged the degree of difficulty that such an extensive work requires, praised the author for his persistence and patience in gathering the data.
Finally, the author Mair Maissis offered an overview of the book’s chapters and thanked everyone who contributed to making it a reality. He added that his next book, which he has already started, would look at the history of Halkida Synagogue.
The presentation was chaired masterfully by Leon Gavrielidis, who also assisted in the book’s publication.