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Errikos Sevillias was born in Athens in 1901 into a Sephardic family. He learned how to work in leather as a child and opened his own leather workshop when he was 16. From 1919 until 1923 he served in the Greek army, for three years fighting in Asia Minor. After the war he reopened his workshop, married, and had a daughter. Life, as he writes, "went along well" until he experienced "an inexplicable and unexpected great adventure," meaning Auschwitz. Errikos Sevillias was killed in Athens by a motorcycle in 1974, when he was 73 years old. The manuscript of this book was found among his papers after he died. He describes the appalling events at Auschwitz with extraordinary calm, saying merely that he couldn΄t understand "what they wanted in doing such an unjust and evil thing." His simple statements of events give the clearest possible image of the indescribable. The manuscript was translated by Nikos Stavroulakis, who also has provided an extremely useful historical outline of the Jewish presence in Greece with a description of the occupation and final solution.

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Nicholas Stavroulakis was born in England to a family from Hania in Crete. He was educated in the United States and England and received an MA in Islamic Art from the University of Michigan. In the late 1950s he taught in Athens while pursuing careers in printing and painting. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He taught Byzantine and Ottoman art and architecture at the University of Tel Aviv (1968-1972) and was director of the Jewish Museum in Athens (1977-1993). Since 1993 he has been living in Hania where he is director of the reconstructed Etz Hayyim Synagogue, which is dedicated to bringing together different religions and cultures. His study of the Greek culinary tradition has produced several conference papers and three books: Cookbook of the Jews of Greece, Salonika: A Family Cookbook, and West Cretan Cooking. In English Cookbook of the Jews of Greece. Athens, Lycabettus Press, 1986. 280pp. The Jews of Greece. Athens, Talos Press, 1990. 128pp. Sephardi and Romaniote Jewish Costumes in Greece and Turkey. Athens, The Jewish museum of Greece, 1986. Jewish sites and Synagogues of Greece. Athens, Talos Press, 1992. 312pp. The Jews of Greece. Athens, Talos Press, 1990. 128pp. ISBN: 960-7459-00-8 Jewish Sites and Synagogues of Greece. Athens, Talos Press, 1992. 312pp. ISBN: 960-7459-01-6 Salonika, A Family Cookbook. Athens, Talos Press, 1997. 240pp. ISBN: 960-7459-05-9 Salonika, Jews and Dervishes. Athens, Talos Press, 1993. 84pp. ISBN: 960-7459-02-4

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