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Garfinkle, Bouena Sarfatty
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Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle (1916–1997), born in Salonica, was a Greek partisan during World War II. Her memoirs and collections of songs, proverbs, and verses are valuable documents on Jewish life in Salonica. She and her husband immigrated to Canada in 1947.

Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle (November 15, 1916–July 23, 1997) was born in Thessaloniki (Salonica), Greece, to Simcha Halewa and Moises Sarfatty; the latter died when she was a small child. Bouena and her siblings were well educated, and she became fluent in French, Judeo-Spanish, and, unusually for a Jewish girl of the time,…

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Judith Cohen, “Garfinkle, Bouena Sarfatty”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000674>
First published online: 2010

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