Beyond Constantinople: The Memoirs of an Ottoman Jew by Victor Eskenazi

By Victor Eskenazi

Victor Eskenazi, a Sephardic Jew from Constantinople, represented an ethnic and non secular minority that thrived within the Ottoman Empire. the start of the 20 th century was once a severe interval in Ottoman background, which observed the tip of the Empire, defeat in global struggle I but in addition a colorful inflow of successful allied armies and White Russians fleeing the Revolution, contributing to the already cosmopolitan nature of town. Eskenazi breathed the complicated air of this budding new Turkey, with its beliefs, contradictions and hopes. His outstanding memoir - which starts off in Constantinople and travels throughout Europe in the course of and after international struggle II - tells the awesome tale of a relations, poignantly taking pictures a second in time which now exists basically in memory.

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