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Local Identity of the Sephardim in Sarajevo

  • Jonna Rock
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Abstract

In this chapter on the Sephardim’s local identity, I focus on the Sephardic community in present- day Sarajevo and my interviewees’ perceptions on belonging to the city. I develop hypotheses in relation to Sephardic identity formation in Sarajevo—deriving from the reference group’s intergenerational cultural memory. The chapter moreover reflects on the ways in which (remembered) rescue of Sarajevo Jews during the Holocaust has shaped patterns of Jewish identification in contemporary Sarajevo. Furthermore, the chapter sheds light on how the interviewees reflect upon the ongoing economic crises, anti-Semitism and the Islamization today in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and specifically in their hometown, Sarajevo. Hence, this chapter is of great relevance for those interested in contemporary Sarajevo Sephardi culture and the role of the economic crises and the Islamization of the Sarajevan society.

Keywords

Crises, anti-Semitism and the Islamization in Sarajevo Historical approach Intergenerational and collective memory Rescue during the Holocaust Sarajevo Sephardi contemporary culture Semi-structured interviews 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonna Rock
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  1. 1.Institut für SlawistikHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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