By Renée Levine Melammed
Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the existence and dying 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 stories of this different and thriving Sephardi neighborhood in a few 500 Ladino poems referred to as coplas. The coplas additionally describe the traumas the group confronted lower than German career sooner than 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 background of the Sephardi group in Salonika and supply context for the poems. This specified and relocating resource offers a unprecedented entrée right into a as soon as vivid global now lost.
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An Ode to Salonika: The Ladino Verses of Bouena Sarfatty (Indiana Series in Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies) by Renée Levine Melammed