How the 'Jewish Olympics' Helped My Greek Grandma Make Aliyah Before the Holocaust

The Maccabiah Games were her ticket out, a decade prior to the immense tragedy that befell the Jews of Thessaloniki

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My grandmother Clara was 17 in 1932, when, like many other young Jews from Thessaloniki, she decided to leave her birthplace and make aliyah. This was three years after the second “white paper” of the British...