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Poems of the Holocaust of the Crete Jews: Presented by Iossif Ventura

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

On June 9, 1944, a British submarine torpedoed the German merchant vessel Tanaïs near the Greek Island of Crete, killing the nine hundred prisoners aboard. They included the 299 men, women and children who had comprised nearly the entire Jewish community of Crete. Among the few Crete Jews to evade capture were the boy Iossif Ventura and his family.

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Iossif Ventura is now a prominent Athens-based poet and editor of the online poetry site His poems have been translated into English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, Serbian and Arabic. He writes often of the void left by the friends, playmates, cousins, uncles, and aunts who were killed seventy-three years ago.

Ventura will read in English from the Holocaust-themed poetry featured in his 2015 book, Tanais. He’ll also speak about the history and culture of the Crete Jewish community and his own family’s survival.

Program made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos.

Earlier Event: March 13
INCLUDE Week of Learning
Later Event: March 19
A Jewish Community Forum