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Rae Dalven: The Life of A Greek Jewish Immigrant

Hosted By: University of the Aegean: Social Anthropology and History Department

Rae Dalven was a Romaniote woman who was born in Preveza during the time of Ottoman rule, with roots in Ioannina. She then migrated to New York with her parents and siblings at the beginning of the 20th century and there became a scholar, a play writer, a teacher, and a translator of poems from Greek into English, the latter made her also known.

Adam J. Goldwyn has collected 4 of her plays and wrote her biography, and together with Isnafi Publications from Ioannina, we are now publishing the two first issues of a 5 books series: her biography and the first play: “Marriages are arranged in Heaven” which beautifully documents the life of Romaniote families in Ioannina previously to the German occupation and destruction of local life in the area of Epirus.

You are invited to join the book presentation, organized and hosted by Achilleas Fotakis (University of the Aegean), who also translated the first book from English into Greek, and with the participation of Anna Garty , a member of the Romaniote community and a relative of Dalven, to hear more.

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