New CYA course focuses on the history of the Greek Jews

Spring Semester 2018 was full of new and exciting offerings for students, including a new course: “The Greek Jews: History Identity & Memory taught by visiting professor Alexander Kitroeff, Associate Professor of History at Haverford College.

Τhe course explored the history of the Greek Jews from 1821 to the present, focusing on: their rich cultural and religious traditions; communal life; incorporation into Greek society and the events that shaped their lives – including the Holocaust and its remembrance.

The aim of this course is to understand the history of the Jews in Greece but also to function as a window into mainstream Greek culture and society by examining its interactions with a minority group and a religious “other.”

Students’ encounter with the history of Greek Jews entailed visits to the major Jewish sites in Athens, including the Jewish Museum and the Holocaust Memorial.

Visit to the Holocaust Memorial, Athens

Visit to the Holocaust Memorial, Athens

Visit to the Jewish Museum, Athens

Visit to the Jewish Museum, Athens