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Lecture on the history of Jewish Salonica during the 20th century at UCLA
June 14, 2012.A lecture by Paris Papamichos Chronakis, a Rothschild Foundation post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Thessaly and a visiting research scholar at UCLA, filled the auditorium at Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles. The lecture discussed the history of Thessaloniki from the late 19 th to the mid 20 th Century.
The lecture and event was co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of History, the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, the American Hellenic Council, the Hellenic University Club and the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California.
Dr. Chronakis, a resident of Thessaloniki, presented the item of his primary research. His main focus was the ethnic transformation of the city during the last few decades of its Ottoman rule and after 1912 and its annexation into the Greek nation-state. The event was very well attended by both, Sephardic Jews from Salonika who live in LA and Greeks of the Diaspora.
The attendees included the Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles, Ms. Elisabeth Fotiadou who co-organized the event, representatives of the American Jewish Committee, and Mr. Dario Gabbai, one of the last few Sonderkommandos still alive, a resident of Los Angeles, who was born and grew up in pre-WWII Salonika.