JUDAICA: Židovi u Splitu [Jews in Split]
A rare booklet describes the history of Jews in Dalmatia from the 14th century until the foundation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
Author: Dr. Grga NOVAK (1888 – 1978).
Place and Year: Split: Morpurgo, printed by Narodna tiskara 1920.
Technique: 12°: 65 pp., original wrappers with title printed in red (Very Good, light foxing and small traces of wear on the spine, page 65 bound in upside down).
This rare pamphlet, printed in Spit, Dalmatia, gives a detailed insight of the history of Jews in the city from the 14th century on. The author explains their relations with the Venetians and Ottomans through the historical facts, local stories and anecdotes. According to the author the Jewish community finally achieved their religious and personal freedom with the foundation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia after WWI.
The freedom of the Split Jews was short lived. During the following war the synagogue in the city was burnt down by the Fascists and massive deportations were made by the Nazis and Croatian government until 1945.
The book is one of the early works by Dr. Grga Novak (1888 – 1978), who later became one of the most recognized Croatian historians of the 20th century and an authority on the antiquity and history of art in Dalmatia.
The book is very rare. We could find three institutional examples on Worldcat (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, National Library of Israel & HCL Technical Services -Harvard College Library). The Croatian National Library in Zagreb does not list the book in their inventory.
References: OCLC 78400291.