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Growing Up Greek in St. Louis (Voices of America)
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Since the beginning of the 20th century, St. Louis’ Greek-American community has been a vibrant part of the city’s fabric. Through a series of vivid personal accounts of growing up in two worlds during the post-WWII era, Growing Up Greek in St. Louis explores the challenges faced by Greek-Americans as they sought to preserve a rich cultural heritage while assimilating to American ways.
From a detailed account of her Grandmothers’ struggles during the occupation of Greece during WWII and the Asia Minor Holocaust to the first hand experiences faced by Greek-American children in Greek school, the celebration of name days, and the ever-present “evil eye,” the book captures the sense of tradition, history, hospitality (philotimo), and community so vital to the Greek experience.
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