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 fabrics, haberdashers, owners of flour mills and craftsmen.

The community maintained a Synagogue and a Community Centre, which housed the Jewish school and the Cultural Centre.

Shortly before the war, the Community had about 550 members. Most of them lived in “Purnalık”, a poor neighbourhood that is today called “Remvi”, while those better-off had houses in the “Epano Mahalla”, the “Upper Quarter”.

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