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Âayindir 1922, A Tale of Loss from Asia Minor.

The texts in this book concern the small town of Bayindir in the valley of the Kaystros, near Smyrna, and its inhabitants. They attempt to strike a balance between historical essay, timeless reminiscences, embellished scholarly narratives and personal feelings.
Therasia III. Archaeological research and landscape history of an island community.

Therasia is a suitable field for the observation of small island communities, having preserved significant traces of a cultural landscape connected with the diachronic ekistic history of the island, the uses of land, and the perception and experience of the space by human communities on the past.
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Good Works: Studies in Honour of Professor Clairy Palyvou.

Announcing the publication of the volume Good Works, Studies in Honour of Clairy Palyvou, edited by Iris Tzachili and Maria Arakadaki, by Ta Pragmata Publications. The papers largely lie in Professor Palyvou's own areas of interest, covering technical and theoretical architectural issues, mainly of the Bronze Age but also in the modern period.
  [July 2019]
Therasia II. Historicizing Prehistory: The historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866.

A series of studies on the historical and epistemological context of the archaeological discovery on Therasia in 1866, the first in the Aegean, at the time of the volcanic eruption. The unprecedented phenomena, both archaeological and geological, inspired geologists and archaeologists to collaborate on the development of new, mainly evolutionary theories on the pre-hellenic past.

Tzachili Iris
Daskalakis Nikos

Vakirtzi Sophia
Vaitsaras Giannis
Ioakeimidou Lito
Douskos Dimitra
Patera Maria
Pavlaki Katerina

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Milena from Prague

Margarete Buber-Neumann

The book is the Greek translation of Margarete Buber-Neumann's Milena from Prague by Toula Sieti.

Milena from Prague (original title: Milena, Kafkas Freundin, 1963) is an outstanding example of concentration camp literature and the first biography of Milena Jesenska, known to us from Franz Kafka's Letters to Milena.

Buber-Neumann's narrative focuses on the chronicle of her friendship with Milena, which arose in the harsh daily life of the Nazi Ravensbruck concentration camp. The work accomplishes a double aim: as a concentration camp testimony, it provides a first-hand account of the rapid deterioration of living conditions at the camp, culminating in the transformation of Ravensbruck from a labour camp to an extermination camp. It is, moreover, a biography of Milena, going back to her youth and adult life in her birthplace of Prague and in Vienna, highlighting her unconventional personality. Milena's life story unfolds into a colourful record of ideological, political and artistic trends between the wars, when the vision of revolution went hand-in-hand with the visions of the pioneering movements in the arts.

Another "World of Yesterday", as gripping as that of Stefan Zweig, arises from the pages of the book: the world of Mitteleuropa, which experienced an unprecedented flowering of culture in the interwar years, before perishing behind the gates of the concentration camps. It is this world, so eloquently reconstituted by Buber-Neumann, that the present edition aspires to commemorate with the assistance of text annotations, the biographical notes and the Afterword by Adriani Dimakopoulou.

MARGARETE BUBER-NEUMANN, nee Thuring, was born in Potsdam in 1901. She was soon drawn to the ideas of the Left, becoming a member of the German Communist Party in 1926. Due to her political activity and beliefs she lost custody of her children, two girls from her brief marriage to Rafael Buber. In 1929 she met the love of her life, Heinz Neumann, a leading member of the Comintern, and followed him to Soviet Russia, Spain and elsewhere. However, on their last visit to Moscow everything had changed. They were to experience the Moscow Trials in an atmosphere of informers, suspicion and fear, until Neumann's arrest and imprisonment in April 1937, accused of "fractionist" views. Margarete only learned the exact date of his execution in 1988, under Perestroika. As her memory had already abandoned her perhaps she has not been able to retain the date.

In 1938 she was arrested in her turn. The following year she was sent to Karaganda labour camp on the steppes of Kazakhstan, where she remained until early 1940, when the Soviets handed her over to the SS. She was imprisoned in Ravensbruck concentration camp, where, in October of that year, she met Milena Jesenska. In the bleak conditions of camp life, the two women formed a deep and tender friendship. Milena died in Ravensbruck in May 1944. Margarete survived and devoted the rest of her life to writing and journalism, while engaging in political activism. She gave many lectures analysing the deviation of the Communist movement from its original aims. In 1950 she participated in the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) and, in the same year, organised the Committee for the Liberation of Victims of Totalitarian Arbitrariness. In 1951 she founded the Institute of Political Education and began editing the monthly periodical Aktion, mainly political in content. Having lived in her youth through the enthusiasm of joining a political cause and the shattering of revolutionary hopes, having had the unique "privilege" of experiencing the camps of both regimes, Buber-Neumann was the emblematic witness to 20th-century European totalitarianism.

Her most important works are:
Prisoner of Stalin and Hitler: A World in Darkness, 1949.
Battlefields of the International Revolution, 1967.
The Extinguished Flame. Fates of My Time, 1976.
"Freedom, You are Mine Again...". The Struggle for Survival, 1978.