The Kalamata Diary: Greece, War, and Emigration

The Kalamata Diary: Greece, War, and Emigration

by Eduardo Faingold


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From October 28, 1940 until February of 1947, Sotiria Salivaras provided a unique eye-witness account of life in Kalamata, Greece before, during, and after World War II through her meticulous diary entries. In The Kalamata Diary: Greece, War and Emigration, Eduardo D. Faingold carefully analyzes and contextualizes the major events in modern Greek history about which Salivaras writes in her diary. He examines the expulsion of the Greek minority from Turkey in the aftermath of World War I, as well as the occupation of Greece by the Axis powers during World War II and the Greek civil war. Following Salivaras from her teenage years in Greece to her adult life in Argentina, Faingold also explores immigration patterns from Greece to Argentina and Latin America. Drawing from extensive tape-recorded interviews with Salivaras and her sons, Faingold offers a glimpse into Salivaras's life long after she ceased maintaining her diary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739128909
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eduardo D. Faingold is associate professor of Spanish at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents 2 Preface 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 1. Chapter One Chapter 5 2. Chapter Two Chapter 6 3. October 1940 Chapter 7 4. November 1940 Chapter 8 5. December 1940 Chapter 9 6. January 1941 Chapter 10 7. February 1941 Chapter 11 8. March 1941 Chapter 12 9. April 1941 Chapter 13 10. Dates of Heroic Achievements Chapter 14 11. Leaving Greece Chapter 15 12. On the Beauties of Athens Chapter 16 13. From Athens to Rome Chapter 17 14. In Beautiful Switzerland Chapter 18 15. My Impressions of My Father 19 Appendix A. A Facsimile Sample from the Diary 20 References 21 About the Author

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Jay Howard Geller

The Kalamata Diary: Greece, War, and Emigration provides a fascinating view of the Greco-Italian War and German invasion of Greece. Sotiria Salivaras's diary reproduces at length original statements made by Greek leaders during that turbulent time and reveals the hopes and anxieties of a nation at war. Eduardo Faingold uses interviews and narrative to elucidate two different but interrelated episodes in Greek history: the experience of world war, occupation, and civil war in the 1940s and the immigration of Greeks—like Salivaras—to Latin America.

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