Beyond Constantinople: The Memoirs of an Ottoman Jew

October 30, 2020
Beyond Constantinople: The Memoirs of an Ottoman Jew

Victor Eskenazi, a Sephardic Jew from Constantinople,represented an ethnic and religious minority that thrived in theOttoman Empire. The beginning of the twentieth century was acritical period in Ottoman history, which saw the end of theEmpire, defeat in World War I but also a colourful influx ofvictorious allied armies and White Russians fleeing the Revolution,contributing to the already cosmopolitan nature of the city.Eskenazi breathed the complex air of this budding new Turkey, withits ideals, contradictions and hopes. His extraordinary memoir -which begins in Constantinople and travels across Europe during andafter World War II - tells the remarkable story of a family,poignantly capturing a moment in time which now exists only inmemory.