Jewish connections in the Balkans and Eastern Europe
The great influence that Balkan Jewry had on their co-religionists from Eastern Europe is one of the best examples of the close historical and cultural ties connecting both regions. It also shows how both of these groups were bound to the rest of the continent in a display of Europe’s multicultural heritage.
In June 2022, Ukraine and Moldova received EU candidate status and subsequently joined the ranks of the countries of the Western Balkans, which for 20 years have been the main area of EU enlargement policies. The Union justifies the accession of these states through reference to a common European historical and cultural legacy, of which both the Balkans and Eastern Europe are an integral part.
September 11, 2023 -
History and MemoryIssue 5 2023Magazine
The old city walls in Thessaoloniki, Greece, once considered the largest Jewish city. Photo: Julian Nyča (CC) wikimedia.commons.org