Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica 1941-44 ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica 1941-44 ❤ Author Isaac Matarasso – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Whoever listens to a witness, becomes a witness Elie WieselWhen Nazi occupiers arrived in Greece in , it was the beginning of a horror that would reverberate through generations In the city of Salonic Whoever listens to a witness, becomes a Nightfall: Remembering PDF/EPUB ¼ witness Elie WieselWhen Nazi occupiers arrived in Greece in , it was the beginning of a horror that would reverberate through generations In the city of Salonica Thessaloniki , almost , Jews were sent to Nazi concentration camps during the war, and only , returned A Jewish doctor Talking Until Epub / named Isaac Matarasso and his son escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Nazis and joined the resistance After the city s liberation they returned to rebuild Salonica and, along with the other survivors, to grapple with the near total destruction of their communityIsaac was a witness to his Jewish community s devastation, and Until Nightfall: Remembering PDF É the tangled aftermath of grief, guilt and grace as survivors returned home Talking Until Nightfall presents his account of the tragedy and his moving tribute to the living and the dead His story is woven together with his son Robert s memories of being a frightened teenager spared by a twist of fate, with an afterword by his grandson Francois that looks back on the survivors stories and his family s place in history This slim, wrenching account of loss, survival, and the strength of the human spirit will captivate readers and ensure the Jews of Salonica are never forgotten.


10 thoughts on “Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica 1941-44

  1. Zandt McCue Zandt McCue says:

    It is not something I talk about very often but I am of Jewish descent I grew up with my Grandparents but they were, unlike the rest of the family, nonpracticing In fact, I mainly learned about Jewish Culture from my employers throughout the years The story of the Jewish people throughout history is an odd, sorrow filled tale Parts of which I ve heard many, many times My specific interest in Jewish history is post WWII but there is a need to revisit the war to learn why things happened to t It is not something I talk about very often but I am of Jewish descent I grew up with my Grandparents but they were, unlike the rest of the family, nonpracticing In fact, I mainly learned about Jewish Culture from my employers throughout the years The story of the Jewish people throughout history is an odd, sorrow filled tale Parts of which I ve heard many, many times My specific interest in Jewish history is post WWII but there is a need to revisit the war to learn why things happened to them afterward When I see a book like this, I jump at it I didn t like this book at all As the other reviewers have pointed out there are structural issues to the story The introduction takes up 30% of the book So instead of Isaac and his son Robert having their stories heard, we also have Isaac s Daughter in law I believe explaining everything beforehand What I would have done would have been to write the entire book as the in law telling the narrative and supplementing it with Isaac and Robert s writings as opposed to keeping them separate As far as content goes, and maybe I was too caught up in the layout of the book, but I couldn t get past the feeling that I d already read this story somewhere before That this specific experience wasn t as unique as I thought it would be To each their own I feel terrible about not liking this but what can you do


  2. Hannah Harvey Hannah Harvey says:

    Extremely informative and well written This book takes you through some deeply emotional events, blending fact and emotion perfectly.I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would encourage everyone to read it Especially if you have an interest in history.


  3. Courtney Stuart Courtney Stuart says:

    This book is marketed as a memoir or as a book on history, and as such its an important manuscript for humanities understanding and remembrance It is uneven in its written style, all too often the narrator foretells the story that is given by the first hand witnesses and ruins the impact of what the witness is sharing, making it repetitive and annoying, which is a shame, as the stories held within the covers of this book are significant and at times gut wrenching In its very coolness without t This book is marketed as a memoir or as a book on history, and as such its an important manuscript for humanities understanding and remembrance It is uneven in its written style, all too often the narrator foretells the story that is given by the first hand witnesses and ruins the impact of what the witness is sharing, making it repetitive and annoying, which is a shame, as the stories held within the covers of this book are significant and at times gut wrenching In its very coolness without the hysteria that so often marks a Jewish memoir, the true brutality, cruelty, hideousness of what they endured, what they suffered, what they died from is starkly written down Stories of what the main witness and his son Isaac and Robert saw should be read and noted in history As said in the book, There isthan one way to erase a person There is truth in the saying that if we do not heed the lessons of the past, we are destined to repeat the mistakes The Nazis wanted to wipe out the Jewish people from the face of the earth and tried by physically destroying people and the artifacts and buildings of the race Humanity needs to recall the crimes of the past to place better in our collective memories the existence, the importance of these people We also need to do so for the nations in which genocide is a current affair in modern minds, such as for the Armenians which was the systematic mass murder and expulsion of 1.5 million ethnic Armenians carried out in Turkey, the Rwanda massacre which was the genocide against the Tutsi, Twa and moderate Hutu peoples, Cambodia s terror from the Khmer Rouge under the leadership of Pol Pot and Ukraine s Holodomor or Death by Hunger orchestrated by Stalin to name but a few Read this newspaper article for a greater understanding of this crime.https www.washingtonpost.com news wThis book is not the easiest to read, being choppy in style, as it is the written reports taken by Isaac Matarasso after the war as a manner to make such horrors part of the modern day knowledge, and the remembrances of Robert Matarasso in his old age of a time when he was a teenager during the war and the things he experienced and witnessed It doesn t flow effortlessly, but if the reader keeps in mind the source material that this is, it becomes easier to absorb But this is another important document as to the horrors and misery inflected upon a people for no other reason than their religion Humanity needs to keep this repugnant part of its history current and this book plays its part in this knowledge


  4. Pam Walker Pam Walker says:

    When Nazi occupiers arrived in Greece in 1941, it was the beginning of a horror that would reverberate through generations In the city of Salonica Thessaloniki , almost 50,000 Jews were sent to Nazi concentration camps during the war, and only 2,000 returned A Jewish doctor named Isaac Matarasso and his son escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Nazis and joined the resistance After the city s liberation they returned to rebuild Salonica and, along with the other survivors, to When Nazi occupiers arrived in Greece in 1941, it was the beginning of a horror that would reverberate through generations In the city of Salonica Thessaloniki , almost 50,000 Jews were sent to Nazi concentration camps during the war, and only 2,000 returned A Jewish doctor named Isaac Matarasso and his son escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Nazis and joined the resistance After the city s liberation they returned to rebuild Salonica and, along with the other survivors, to grapple with the near total destruction of their community Isaac was a witness to his Jewish community s devastation, and the tangled aftermath of grief, guilt and grace as survivors returned home The author presents his account of the tragedy and his moving tribute to the living and the dead His story is woven together with his son Robert s memories of being a frightened teenager spared by a twist of fate, with an afterword by his grandson Francois that looks back on the survivors stories and his family s place in history This was a fascinating book full of amazing detail by the author Maybe it was because I was reading an ARC thank you NetGalley and the publisher but the format was hard for me to follow at times Even with that issue, it was an well written and footnoted with a lotdetail than even the body of the book This story took place in a part of Europe not often written about in connection with the Holocaust


  5. Cathe Olson Cathe Olson says:

    I appreciate the effort and the opportunity to read about what the Nazi occupation was like for Jews in Greece, but the format of this book made it a very tedious read The first third is like one long prologue which is all tell and no show so that it reads like a history textbook And the telling continues as the narrator feels the need to pre explain every incident instead of just letting the reader experience it.


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