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Do Not Forget Me: Three Jewish Mothers Write to Their Sons from the Thessaloniki Ghetto

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Volume 32

War and Genocide

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Do Not Forget Me

Three Jewish Mothers Write to Their Sons from the Thessaloniki Ghetto

Edited by Leon Saltiel
With Forewords by Serge Klarsfeld and Yannis Boutaris
Letters translated from French by Jenny Demetriou

144 pages, 23 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-105-9 $99.00/£72.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-107-3 eBook Not Yet Published

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Praise for the Greek edition:
“Letters of this kind are uniquely valuable testimonies, for the simple reason that they were not intended as testimonies; they were not written with posterity in mind.” • Kathimerini

“The testimonies of the extermination of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki are not mere evidence or potential historical sources. They are in a way a means of communication, phantasmagoric, whose function is based on the recognition of distance—physical or metaphysical.” • Ta Nea


Following the Axis invasion of Greece, the Nazis began persecuting the country’s Jews much as they had across the rest of occupied Europe, beginning with small indignities and culminating in mass imprisonment and deportations. Among the many Jews confined to the Thessaloniki ghetto during this period were Sarina Saltiel, Mathilde Barouh, and Neama Cazes—three women bound for Auschwitz who spent the weeks before their deportation writing to their sons. Do Not Forget Me brings together these remarkable pieces of correspondence, shocking accounts of life in the ghetto with an emotional intensity rare even by the standards of Holocaust testimony.

Leon Saltiel holds a doctorate in Contemporary Greek History from the University of Macedonia, in Thessaloniki, Greece, and has been a post-doctoral researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. . He is a member of the Greek delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Subject: Jewish Studies History: World War II Genocide History
Area: Southern Europe


List of Illustrations

Foreword to the English Edition
Serge Klarsfeld

Foreword to the Greek Edition
Yannis Boutaris

Introduction Note from the Jewish Museum of Greece
Zanet Battinou


Leon Saltiel

Translation Note
Leon Saltiel and Jenny Demetriou

Prologue: Instructions to Jews Migrating from Thessaloniki

List of Letters

Letters of Sarina (Sara) Saltiel
    Eleni Saltiel
    Short biography of Maurice Saltiel
    Eleni Saltiel
    Exercpts from the Autobiography of Maurice Saltiel
    Letters of Sarina (Sara) Saltiel

Letters of Mathilde Barouh
    Leon Saltiel
    Letters of Mathilde Barouh

Letters of Neama Cazes
    Leon Saltiel
    Letters of Neama Cazes


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