By Renée Levine Melammed
Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the existence and death of the Sephardi Jewish group that after flourished during this Greek crossroads urban. A resident of Salonika who survived the Holocaust as a partisan and later settled in Canada, Sarfatty preserved the traditions and thoughts of this varied and thriving Sephardi neighborhood in a few 500 Ladino poems often called coplas. The coplas additionally describe the traumas the neighborhood confronted below German profession prior to the Nazis deported its Jewish citizens to Auschwitz. The coplas in Ladino and in Renée Levine Melammed's English translation are framed by means of chapters that hint the heritage of the Sephardi neighborhood in Salonika and supply context for the poems. This distinct and relocating resource presents an extraordinary entrée right into a as soon as brilliant global now lost.
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