This article explores the last chapter in the long history of the Jewish port workers in the waterfront of Thessaloniki—the World War II years. The Jewish blue-collar workers and white-collar workers shared a common history, and at the same time, each had a different story to tell on the drama of the war. Their everyday experience in the roles of workers, soldiers, non-combatants, and as Greek civilians reveals the Jewish role in shaping the space of the wartime port during three periods: Greek neutrality (September 1939 to September 1940), the Greek-Italian War (October 1940 to March 1941), and German occupation from April 1941 to March 1943, when the port became an ‘Aryan’ space.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Journal of Modern European History|
|State||Published - 1 Aug 2020|
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I am very grateful to Sotirios Theofanis, President of the Thessaloniki Port Authority, Panagiotis Michalopoulos, Member of the Board of Directors for the Thessaloniki Port Authority, Kostas Paloukis, senior archivist, and Christos Mais, ex-archivist, for their help in gaining access to the remarkable archival collections of the Thessaloniki Port Authority. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant ID 220/18).
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant ID 220/18).
© The Author(s) 2020.
- Greek aid during the German Occupation
- Jewish port workers during World War II
- patriotism in a stage of national emergency
- the culture of waterfront work
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