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.