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Jews from Turkey Deported from France in WWII
Chief Rabbis of Turkey: 1454-2007
Rabbis buried in Izmir 5300 - 5620 (1540 - 1860 C.E.)
Galante, A. [History of the Jews of Turkey]. Istanbul, 1941. 9v.    Annotated index of the first four volumes
Istanbul Rabbinate Jewish Records (Marriage and Burial)   (Link off-site)
35,000 Name Database Transcribed and Compiled by Dan Kazez and Volunteers
Nehama J. Histoire des Israelites de Salonique. Thessaloniki: 1936-1978. 7 vols.   Annotated Index. Compiled by Mathilde Tagger
Jews from Greece Deported from France in WWII
Rabbis buried in Saloniki 5281 - 5460 (1521 - 1800 C.E.)
Recanati, Aure. The Jewish Community of Salonika, 1943
16th Century Saloniki Synagogues and their memberships
Rhodes Jewish Cemetery - Names   (Link off-site)
Janina Holocaust Victims   (Link off-site)
E.L.I.A. Greek archives (many Jews in their database)

Files on JewishGen Sephardic Sig

Infofile about Sephardic genealogy in Izmir (Smyrna)   by Laurence Abensur
A genealogist's research trip to Istanbul   by Barbara Algaze
List of names from Anri Niyego's book The Untold Story of a Jewish Community in Istanbul: Our Last Hundred Years in Haydarpasa   by Daniel Kazez
List of names from Abraham Galante's book Histoire des Juifs d'Izmir   by M. Babok
Translation of List of Jews deported from Monastir in 1943   Moises Hasson
Translation of List of Jews deported from Florina (Greece) by the Nazis   Moisis Hasson
Sepharadic (Salonican) Brotherhood of America - members list   by Pitchon and Kouchel
Jewish History of Florina   Mishel Sarfatis, Moises Hasson
Translation of: Zikron Salonike;gedulata ve-hurbana shel Yerushalim de-Balkan; grandeza i destruyicion de Yerushalim del Balken   David A. Recanati, Lynn Gazis-Sax, J.F. Montel
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Genealogy oriented links

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP)
Hebrew University Campus, Sprinzak Bldg, Givat Ram. P.O.Box 1149, Jerusalem 91010, Israel. Tel./Fax: (972)-2-5635716
Thessaloniki - Community archives (1913-1946)
Istanbul - 'Pinkassim' of the rabbinical court (1839-1841)
Izmir - Community archives (1760-1970)
Jewish Museum of Istanbul
Ottoman Sephardic Genealogy: An Introduction
Istanbul Jewish Genealogy Project   30,000+ Chief Rabbinate Marriage and Death records
How the the Turkish Archives are organized   In English
The Rhodes Jewish Museum   Superb site
Head Stones   Alphabetical listings and photos of 800 tombstones from Rhodes Jewish Museum
Istanbul Marriages and Burials     from Daniel Kazez
La Pagina Rodas   Turkey, Greece, Spain.
List of names, Salonika Jewish Community, 1943   from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum microfilms (1997-A0220)
Istanbul Ashkenazi Burial list of names   from Frayman's book: A Hundred Year Old Synagogue in Yuksekkaldirim
Moshe David Gaon: Oriental Jews in Erets Yisrael
Mathilde Tagger's Index of 2,882 Sephardic Rabbis, Scholars and Notables.
In Spain, Provence, Italy, Ottoman Empire, incl. Balkans, Middle East and North Africa.
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General Sites

Turkish Jewish community
Turkish alphabet
History of Turkish Jews
Jewish Community of Salonika
History of the Jews of Crete
Balkan Sephardim and the Holocaust Rodrigue, Aron
Sefaradi of Monastir (Bitola)
Rhodes Jewish Museum Photos, etc.
Name Index to Rhodes Jewish Museum
Jewish history of Yugoslavia
Jewish history of Macedonia
Salom (Sephardic paper in Turkish)
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Bibliography

For a more extensive bibliography go to books.

Malka, Jeffrey S.

Sephardic Genealogy:
Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World.

Avotaynu, 2002. Click here for Table of Contents and to order.
Indispensible. The ONLY comprehensive book for Sephardic Genealogy. -- History, research methods, archives, surnames, maps, bibliography, and more.

Galante, Avram

Histoire des Juifs de Turquie.
Editions ISIS, 1985. Isis Yayimcilik, Kuymcu Irfan Sok, 22/2 Nisantasi, Istambul, Turkey.
Tells the story of the Jews of Turkey.

Franco, Moise

Essai sur l'histoire des Israelites de l'Empire Ottoman depuis les origines jusqu'a nos jours.
Paris, Dularcher, 1897. (in French)
This work is a real masterpiece on the subject. The 1897 edition has no index, but many names are mentionned.

Shaw, Stanford J.

Jews of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic.
Institute of Turkish Studies, 1994. Order from Amazon Books now.
Very good.

Levy, Avigdor

Jews of the Ottoman Empire.
Darwin Press, 1994. Order from Amazon Books now.
Very good.

Attal, Robert

Les Juifs de Grece de l'expulsion d'Espagne a nos jours; bibliographie.
Jerusalem, Institut Ben Zvi & l'Universite Hebraique de Jerusalem, 1984.
Includes 2297 references in Greek, Hebrew, Ladino, French, English. Index: subjects, authors and places.

Attal, Robert

Les Juifs de Grece de l'expulsion d'Espagne a nos jours; bibliographie. Additifs a la premiere edition.
Jerusalem, Institut Ben Zvi & l'Universite Hebraique de Jerusalem, 1984.
Includes 940 references in Greek, Hebrew, Ladino, French, English. Index: subjects, authors and places.

Rivlin, Bracha, ed.

Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities from their foundation till after the Holocaust - Greece.
Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, 1998.
Includes a very large and useful bibliography and a detailed index.

Angel, Marc D.

The Jews of Rhodes: The History of a Sephardic Community.
Sepher-Hermon Press, Inc., New York, 1978.
Very good.

Nahoum, Henri

Les Juifs de Smyrne - 19ieme et 20ieme siecle.
Editions Aubier - Histoires, Paris 1997.
Detailed description of life in Smyrna's Sephardi Jewish community with family names.

Molho, Michael and Mevorah, Avram

History of the Jews of Kastoria.
Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, NY. (expanded reprint of 1938 volume).
History on the Sephardic Jews of Monastir during the past century.

Cohen, Mark

Last Century of a Sephardic Communit. The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943.
Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, NY. 2003.
History on the Sephardic Jews of Monastir during the past century.

Sciaky, Leon

Farewell to Salonica: City at the Crossroads.
Paul Dry Books, 2003. Reprint of 1946 original edition. Order from Amazon Books now.
About growing up at the turn of the twentieth century in Salonica.

Carasso, Elie (editor)

Les Juifs de Salonique, 1492-1943.
Cousins de Salonique, 4 Rue Clerc de Molieres, 13150 Tarascon, France. 1993.
Synagogues, Name lists, Carasso family, Michel Molho, AIU schools, etc.

Carasso, Elie

L'Echelle de Jacob: une famille Sefarade de Salonique.
Cousins de Salonique, 4 Rue Clerc de Molieres, 13150 Tarascon, France. 1993.
Nahmias of Salonica Family history.

Tamir, Vicky

Bulgaria and her Jews: the history of a dubious symbiosis.
New York, Sepher-Hermon Press for Yeshiva University Press, 1979. Order from Amazon Books now.
The most comprehensive study (in English) on this Diaspora. Contains a large bibliography and a detailed index with a lot a names.

Chary, Frederick B.

The Bulgarian Jews and the Final Solution 1940-1944.
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972. Order from Amazon Books now.
A well-documented study about that miracle that occured in Bulgaria: its Jews, in the heart of Europe were not deported during WW2. The book has a detailed index and a "bibliographical essay". Many footnotes enlarging the subject.

Arditti, Benjamin

Yehudei Bulgaria bishnot hamishtar hanatsi, 1940-1944.
(Jews of Bulgaria during the years of the Nazi regime, 1940-1944).

Tel Aviv, 1962. 436p. (in Hebrew).
This book is the first one on this subject. When immigrating to Israel in 1949, Arditti brought with him a rich documentation which allowed him to analyze the subject. Includes a documents list, a wide bibliography and an index. This is a masterpiece on the matter. It unfortunately only exists in Hebrew.

Benbassa, Esther; Rodriguez, Aron

A Sephardi Life in Southeastern Europe - The Autobiography and Journal of Gabriel Arie, 1863-1939.
Univ. of Washington Press, Seattle, 1998.
For a listing of names in this family tree click here.
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