Sciaki, Joseph

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SCIAKI, JOSEPH (Pepo ; 1917–1998), Greek lawyer and author. Sciaki wrote Pikres alithies ("Bitter Truths," 1952), a book of short stories, one of which deals with Jewish life in Athens. He wrote historical articles in Chronika, the historical periodical of the Greek Jewish Board of Communities in Athens. He also published a short study on the Athenian/Corfiote Jewish activist and journalist Mois Caimi as representing Greek Jewry; as well as a piece on the ancient history of Chalkidan Jewry. He was born to a Romaniot Greek-speaking family in Chalkis in the Evia Peninsula. He sat for years in the Gennadion Library, the Gennadion Newspaper Reading Room, and the National Library in Athens and recorded references to Greek Jewry throughout the ages. He had a keen interest in Hellenistic Jewry in the late classical period and the Jews in the Greek Peninsula in particular. Unfortunately, he published little and kept most of his knowledge to himself. After his death, his family established an archive of his papers in Athens.

[Rachel Dalven /

Yitzchak Kerem (2nd ed.)]