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From Istanbul to Jerusalem

The Itinerary of a Young Turkish Jew


Erol Haker’s second book on Turkey’s Jews is the personal account of growing up during the 1930s and 1940s, when nationalist pressures on non-Turks were at their greatest.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-092-6
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Jun 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 297
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-092-6
$157.00

From Istanbul to Jerusalem is the memoires of Erol Haker, a Turkish Jew who has also written on his parents’ hometown in Once Upon a Time Jews Lived in Kirklareli. In this work, Haker describes his youth in Istanbul during the 1930s and 1940s. These were difficult decades for Turkey’s Jewry as the new nationalist government imposed measures on the non-Turkish population. Haker’s personal experience of the period involved conversion to Islam and then back to Judaism, a major theme in the book. Though an autobiography, Haker’s account ends in the 1950s when he finally leaves Turkey permanently for Israel. From Istanbul to Jerusalem offers a picture of the last years of Turkey’s Jewish population before large-scale emigration to Israel and other countries began.

From Istanbul to Jerusalem is the memoires of Erol Haker, a Turkish Jew who has also written on his parents’ hometown in Once Upon a Time Jews Lived in Kirklareli. In this work, Haker describes his youth in Istanbul during the 1930s and 1940s. These were difficult decades for Turkey’s Jewry as the new nationalist government imposed measures on the non-Turkish population. Haker’s personal experience of the period involved conversion to Islam and then back to Judaism, a major theme in the book. Though an autobiography, Haker’s account ends in the 1950s when he finally leaves Turkey permanently for Israel. From Istanbul to Jerusalem offers a picture of the last years of Turkey’s Jewish population before large-scale emigration to Israel and other countries began.

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Erol Haker

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 7)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 11)
  • FOREWORD (page 12)
  • PART I:FROM BIRTH THROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL:1930-1942 (page 14)
  • 1 MY PRE SCHOOL YEARS (page 17)
  • 2 NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL 1936-1942 (page 27)
  • 3 OUR NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT,FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE (page 47)
  • PART II: THE ROBERTS ACADEMY OF ROBERT COLLEGE 1942-1946 (page 61)
  • 4 THE CAPITAL TAX HITS THE SALINAS AND THE HAKERS (page 63)
  • 5 ROBERT COLLEGE,THE FIRST FOUR YEARS (page 71)
  • PART III: MY COLLEGE YEARS: 1946-1950 (page 105)
  • 6 THE FRESHMAN AND SOPOHOMORE YEARS (page 107)
  • 7 OUR GROUP IN OUR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS (page 115)
  • 8 RELATIONS WITH THE FAIR SEX (page 139)
  • 9 THE JEWISH ANGLE IN MY COLLEGE YEARS (page 149)
  • 10 CAREER CHOICE (page 163)
  • IV: MY UNIVERSITY YEARS 1950-1954 (page 169)
  • 10 MY STOCKHOLM INTERLUDE (page 171)
  • 12 LSE,THE FIRST YEAR,1951/1952 (page 185)
  • 13 LSE,SECOND YEAR,1952/1953 (page 199)
  • 14 LSE,MY LAST YEAR 1953/54 (page 213)
  • PART V: FROM RETURN TO ISTANBUL TO:DEPARTURE FOR ISRAEL 1954-1956 (page 225)
  • 15 BACK IN ISTANBUL AND INTO MILITARY SCHOOL 1954-1955 (page 227)
  • 16 MY ARMY DAYS,1955-1956 (page 239)
  • 17 MY LAST MONTHS IN ISTANBUL MAY-OCTOBER 4,1956 (page 251)
  • 18 EPILOGUE (page 257)
  • PART VI:CONCLUDING CHAPTERS AND ANNEXES (page 267)
  • 19 WHAT I LEARNED ON WHO A JEW IS AND HIS OPTIONS AS ONE (page 269)
  • ANNEX 1 THE DONMES (page 279)
  • ANNEX 2: THE ROLE RELIGION PLAYED IN DEFINING WHO IS A TURK (page 285)
  • SUPPLEMENT A THE GAGAVUZ TURKS (page 291)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 295)