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The destruction of the Jewish community of Salonika, a major port city in northern Greece, will be the focus of a presentation at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center on Sunday, September 21 at 1:00 pm. Once the largest and most vibrant Sephardic community in Europe, the Jews of Salonika suffered one of the highest mortality rates of any Jewish population during the Holocaust. Drawing on twelve years of archival research in Judeo-Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, French and German, Dr. Devin Naar will present the little known history of the destruction of the Jewish community of Salonika, once known as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

Dr. Devin Naar, an alumnus of Washington University, is currently the Marsha and Jay Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and Chair of the Sephardic Studies Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. The presentation, open to the public and free of charge, will be in the HMLC Theater at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.

This program is generously sponsored by the Rubin (of blessed memory) and Gloria Feldman Family Education Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Reception to follow; dietary laws observed. For further information, contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714 or email