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Ash and Smoke: The Holocaust in Salonika: Ash and Smoke

A True Greek Tragedy: The Holocaust in Salonika

A YSU Documentary That Aired on PBS Western Reserve

Ash and Smoke cast photos

Now Available at Maag Library!

A joint effort of YSU’s Maag Library, History Department and the Department of Media & Academic Computing, this one hour documentary was broadcast by Public Television’s  Western Reserve Public Media  during the 2011-12 season and was rebroadcast in 2013. Here is a preview.

This Jambar article  discussed the creation of the program. It was featured at the Youngstown Area 2012 Jewish Film Festival.   Dr. Saul Friedman taught at YSU from 1969 to 2006 and was founder of our Holocaust Studies program. In addition to a dozen books, he created 13 documentaries of which 5 received regional Emmy Awards.

  He  died March 31, 2013.

According to the records of the Greek government, 56,500 Jewish citizens lived in the city of Salonika on the eve of the Holocaust.   By December 1944 only three remained.  This is their story–and by extension–it is the story of the Jews of Greece.

For Fall 2020  Ash and /Smoke may be downloaded and viewed by current YSU students by request.  Contact me directly.  

 The DVD Ash and /Smoke  may be borrowed from the Maag Library AudioVisual Collection,

Call number  DVD 0432. Ask at the Circulation Desk. 

It will appear online in the Maag archives in the future.   Feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about the program.


Ash and Smoke preview